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J Hepatol. 2004 Jun;40(6):993-9.

Peginterferon alfa-2b plus ribavirin for treatment of chronic hepatitis C in previously untreated patients infected with HCV genotypes 2 or 3.

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Department of Medicine, Saarland University Hospital, Homburg/Saar, Germany.

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  • J Hepatol. 2005 Mar;42(3):434.



Treatment duration in patients with chronic hepatitis C in the era of standard interferon-alpha plus ribavirin was tailored according to hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype: patients infected with HCV-1 were treated for 48 weeks, patients infected with HCV-2/3 for 24 weeks. The aim of the present study was to investigate this schedule for HCV-2/3 infected patients in the era of pegylated interferon-alpha plus ribavirin.


Patients chronically infected with HCV-2 (n=42) or HCV-3 (n=182) were treated with peginterferon alfa-2b 1.5 microg/kg subcutaneously once weekly plus ribavirin 800-1400 mg/day based on body weight for 24 weeks.


The end of treatment (EOT) and sustained virologic response (SVR) was higher in patients infected with HCV-2 (100 and 93%, respectively) than in patients infected with HCV-3 (93 and 79%, respectively). Baseline viremia (P=0.020), treatment duration >16 weeks (P<0.001) and steatosis (<5%, P=0.015) were significant independent predictors of SVR. Adverse events resulted in discontinuation in 5% and dose reduction in 22% of patients.


Treatment for 24 weeks with peginterferon alfa-2b and ribavirin is sufficient in HCV 2 or 3 infected patients. The lower SVR in patients infected with HCV-3 compared with HCV-2 infected patients may be related to higher levels of steatosis in this population.

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