Audit of state-funded antiviral treatment for chronic hepatitis C in Qatar
AbstractHepatitis C virus [HCV] infection is a major public health problem in the Middle East. A database of 400 patients with chronic HCV in Qatar was retrospectively analysed: 242 patients underwent antiviral treatment, of whom 212 [87.6%] were naive to treatment. The response to treatment and the predictors of response were studied. The largest group of patients were of Egyptian origin. The rate of sustained virological response [SVR] varied significantly between patients with HCV genotypes 2 or 3 [79.6%] and genotype 1 [45.6%] and 4 [the predominant genotype] [51.0%]. Multivariate analysis showed that the independent predictors of SVR were age < 45 years, infection with genotypes 2 or 3, low fibrosis score on liver biopsy and naive treatment status
John, A.K., Al Kaabi, S., John, A., Singh, R. & Derbala, M. (2010). Audit of state-funded antiviral treatment for chronic hepatitis C in Qatar. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118039
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (11), 1121-1127, 2010
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