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OBJECTIVE To prospectively evaluate depressive symptoms and risk factors for depression in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) treated with pegylated interferon alpha therapy combined with oral ribavirin (PEG-IFN-α+RBV) and to analyze self-rating scale for depression in comparison to observer-based scale in the given population. SUBJECTS AND METHODS(More)
Chronic hepatitis C is defined as a long-term disease of the liver that can progress to liver cirrhosis with severe consequences. Use of antiviral therapy prevents these consequences and is advised in relation to whom is considered to be definitely appropriate. Current treatment of adults includes combined regimen of pegylated interferon alpha and ribavirin(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM The natural history of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is variable and the factors determining the course of the illness are unclear. There are geographical variations in the distribution of different HCV genotypes, and some of them are related to the specific infection routes. Regarding our country, the dominant genotype is genotype 1b. It(More)
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