Use of Virologic Assays in the Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Department of Virology, INSERM U635, Henri Mondor Hospital, University of Paris XII, 51 Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 94010 Créteil, France.
Clinics in Liver Disease (Impact Factor: 3.66). 09/2005; 9(3):371-82, v. DOI: 10.1016/j.cld.2005.05.009
Source: PubMed


Virologic tests are invaluable in the management of HCV infection. They can be used to diagnose HCV infection, guide treatment decision, and assess the virologic response to therapy. Further work is necessary to better standardize the tests, to develop fully automated systems in molecular biology assays, and to define more clinically relevant thresholds on which to base universal recommendations for patient care. This, together with the development of new antiviral drugs and novel therapeutic approaches, should allow us to optimize the treatment of HCV infection.

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