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Liver Int. 2008 Sep;28(8):1112-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1478-3231.2008.01750.x. Epub 2008 Apr 7.

Predictors of a sustained virological response in patients with genotype 4 chronic hepatitis C.

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Department of Community, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.



To determine the clinical, biological, virological and histological predictive factors associated with a sustained virological response (SVR) to combined interferon therapy among Egyptian patients infected by genotype 4 hepatitis C virus (HCV).


Individual data from 250 patients with genotype 4 chronic hepatitis C, treated with different regimens of combined interferon, were analysed. The primary end point was SVR defined as undetectable HCV RNA by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 24 weeks after the end of treatment. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to select the independent prognostic parameters associated with SVR.


A sustained virological response was achieved among 137/250 (54.8%) patients. Baseline factors independently and negatively associated with SVR were serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level (above 0.3 upper limit of normal) [odds ratio (OR)=0.5, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.2-0.8], severe fibrosis (Metavir score >F2) (OR=0.4, 95% CI: 0.2-0.8), presence of steatosis (OR=0.5, 95% CI: 0.3-0.97) and standard interferon treatment (OR=0.4, 95% CI: 0.2-0.8).


Among genotype 4 chronic hepatitis C patients, severe fibrosis, severe steatosis, treatment with standard interferon and a high serum AFP level were all negatively associated with SVR. Pretreatment serum AFP level should be considered in the routine assessment of factors predictive of a treatment response.

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