Management of chronic hepatitis C in French departments of internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital La Pitié-Salpêtrière, 83 Boulevard de l'Hôpital, 75651, Paris, France.
Epidemiology and Infection (Impact Factor: 2.87). 04/2005; 133(2):305-14. DOI: 10.1017/S0950268804003486
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ABSTRACT This prospective, multicentre study was conducted during 2-30 April 2001 in the internal medicine/infectious diseases services in France and included data from 1858 hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients, half of whom were HIV co-infected. The aims were to outline the type of pre-therapeutic evaluation of HCV infection performed (HCV RNA, genotype, liver biopsy); determine the proportion and characteristics of patients receiving antiviral treatment; and determine if any changes in these parameters had occurred between 1995 and 2001. Patients whom had a complete pre-therapeutic evaluation (39%, 709/1834) and received antiviral treatment (38%, 690/1830) were more likely to have abnormal liver biochemistry, cirrhosis and cryoglobulinaemia (P < 0.001). Injecting drug users and HIV-co-infected patients were less likely to have a complete pre-therapeutic evaluation or receive antiviral treatment (P < 0.001). A complete pre-therapeutic evaluation was more often performed in 2001 than in 1995 (39% vs. 6%, P < 0.001), including qualitative HCV RNA testing (91% vs. 68%, P < 0.001), genotyping (59% vs. 7%, P < 0.001) and a liver biopsy (60% vs. 29%, P < 0.001). The frequency of anti-HCV treatment approximately doubled between 1995 and 2001 (20% vs. 38%, P < 0001). Although adherence to consensus recommendations regarding pre-therapeutic evaluation is not ideal, a substantial improvement has occurred since 1995. Nevertheless, means of increasing the availability of antiviral therapies, particularly for patients with HIV co-infection or injecting drug use, require further study.

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