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BMC Res Notes. 2012 Jul 9;5:180. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-5-180.

Hepatic steatosis in HIV-HCV coinfected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy is associated with HCV-related factors but not antiretrovirals.

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Service de Mdecine Interne et Immunologie Clinique, Assistance Publique-Hpitaux de Paris, INSERM UMR_S 996, Universit Paris Sud, Hpital Antoine Bclre, 157 Rue de la Porte de Trivaux, 92141 Clamart, France. valerie.martinez@abc.aphp.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfected patients, the role of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on hepatic steatosis (HS) remains controversial.

METHODS:

HIV/HCV coinfected patients receiving ART and previously untreated for HCV who underwent a liver biopsy were included. Cumulative duration of exposure to each antiretroviral was recorded up to liver biopsy date. Logistic regression analyses evaluated factors associated with steatosis and its severity.

RESULTS:

184 patients were included: median age 41 years, 84% male, 89% Caucasian, 61% with a past history of intravenous drug use. HCV genotypes were 1 (55%), 2 (6%), 3 (26%), and 4 (13%). Median HCV-RNA was 6.18 log10 IU/ml. HIV-RNA was undetectable (<400 copies/ml) in 67% of patients. Median CD4 count was 321/mm3. All patients had been exposed to nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (median cumulative exposure 56 months); 126 received protease inhibitors (23 months), and 79 non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (16 months). HS was observed in 102 patients (55%): 41% grade 1; 5% grade 2, and 9% grade 3. In multivariate analysis, HCV genotype 3 and HCV viral load were moderately associated with mild steatosis but strongly with grade 2-3 steatosis. After adjustment for the period of biopsy, no association was detected between HS and exposure to any antiretroviral class or drug, or duration of ART globally or comparing genotype 3 to others.

CONCLUSIONS:

Among our ART-treated HIV-HCV cohort predominantly infected with genotype 1, 55% of patients had HS which was associated with HCV-related factors, but not ART class or duration of exposure.

PMID:
22490728
PMCID:
PMC3392901
DOI:
10.1186/1756-0500-5-180
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