Antônio Eduardo Benedito Silva

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INTRODUCTION Although various studies have been published regarding the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) with peginterferon (Peg-IFN) and ribavirin, little is known regarding the real impact of gender on the characteristics that influence the effectiveness and safety of antiviral treatment for CHC patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate(More)
The distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes in patients on hemodialysis and in kidney transplant recipients was compared with that observed in a control group composed of HCV-infected individuals from the general population. A total of 340 patients were included in the study: 46 with end-stage renal disease on regular hemodialysis treatment, 22(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) serum markers (HBsAg, anti-HBs, anti-HBc) and antihepatitis C antibody (anti-HCV) were prospectively followed in haemodialysis and CAPD patients. From January 1987 to January 1990, 185 patients on haemodialysis and 124 on CAPD were analysed. Among patients susceptible to HBV (69 on haemodialysis and 70 on CAPD), there were 17 HBsAg(More)
BACKGROUND Recently it has been found that iron is an important element in the natural history of hepatitis C. Serum markers of iron stores are frequently increased in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected carriers but the real impact of the hepatic iron overload is poorly understood. The purpose of the present paper was to determine the prevalence of(More)
BACKGROUND Interferon monotherapy significantly reduces the chronicity rate of acute hepatitis C in nonuremic patients. In this clinical study, we evaluated the efficacy and tolerance of interferon-alpha therapy for acute hepatitis C in hemodialysis patients. METHODS Patients with acute hepatitis C, established on the basis of seroconversion to(More)
BACKGROUND Steatosis occurs frequently in hepatitis C. However, the mechanisms leading to this lesion are still unknown, and the role of steatosis in the progression of the disease remains controversial. The aim of the present paper was to determine the prevalence of steatosis in hepatitis C and its association with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype, viral(More)
There is increasing interest in the identification of factors associated with liver disease progression in patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). We assessed host-related factors associated with a histologically advanced stage of this disease and determined the rate of liver fibrosis progression in HCV-infected patients. We included patients(More)
BACKGROUND The characteristics of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in predialysis patients are poorly understood and they could be different from hemodialysis patients. AIMS To evaluate the demographics, laboratory and histological characteristics of chronic HCV infection in predialysis patients and to compare them with those observed in hemodialysis(More)
BACKGROUND Serum autoantibodies such as antinuclear antibody (ANA) are frequently detected in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, but its relevance is a matter of discussion. AIM To assess the association of ANA positivity with clinical and histological features, and with the outcome of antiviral therapy in patients with HCV(More)