2015-03-03 20:36:13 UTC

Threefold Increase in Cirrhosis Risk with HCV

March 3, 2015

A recent study found that 18.4 percent of HCV-positive individuals developed cirrhosis, compared with 6.1 percent of uninfected individuals. Read more in

Individuals with hepatitis C infection are three times more likely to develop cirrhosis than are those who are hepatitis C negative, and fibrosis progression is pronounced within the first five years after infection, a retrospective cohort study has found.

Analysis of 10-year follow-up data from 1,840 individuals in a national database of HCV-infected veterans, and 1,840 uninfected controls, found 18.4 percent of HCV-positive individuals developed cirrhosis, compared with 6.1 percent of uninfected individuals, and they had a significantly higher rate of hepatic decompensation events (1.79 percent versus 0.33 percent).

Read more about these findings in GI & Hepatology News.

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