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J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007 Jun 1;45(2):168-73.

Prevalence of and factors associated with hepatic steatosis in patients coinfected with hepatitis C virus and HIV: Agence Nationale pour la Recherche contre le SIDA et les hépatites virales CO3 Aquitaine Cohort.

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  • 1Fédération des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire, Hôpital Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France.



Hepatic steatosis is a common feature in liver biopsies from patients with chronic hepatitis C and is associated with fibrosis progression. Patients with HIV infection and hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection have more rapid progression of liver fibrosis than patients with HCV infection alone. The prevalence and factors associated with hepatic steatosis are not well defined in HCV-HIV-coinfected patients.


Steatosis was assessed among 148 HCV-HIV-coinfected patients of the Aquitaine Cohort. Steatosis was graded as follows: none, mild (1%-10% of hepatocytes), moderate (11%-30%), severe (31%-60%), and massive (more than 60%). Epidemiologic, clinical, biologic, and therapeutic data were retrieved from the cohort database to investigate the risk factors.


Steatosis was present in 67% of patients (95% confidence interval [CI]: 59% to 74%) and was at least moderate in 30% (95% CI: 23% to 38%). Steatosis was macrovesicular or mixed (macro- and microvesicular) in 40.5% and 52.8% of patients, respectively. Necroinflammatory activity was the only factor independent of steatosis (adjusted odds ratio = 5.3, 95% CI: 1.6 to 17.9). When necroinflammatory activity was removed from the model, HCV genotype 3 and body mass index (BMI) were significantly associated with steatosis.


Liver inflammation, HCV genotype 3, and BMI are associated with steatosis, a common finding in HCV-HIV-coinfected patients.

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