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UNLABELLED The effect of achieving a sustained virological response (SVR) following interferon-alpha (IFNalpha) treatment on the clinical outcomes of patients with HCV-related cirrhosis is unknown. In an attempt to assess the risk of liver-related complications, HCC and liver-related mortality in patients with cirrhosis according to the response to IFNalpha(More)
This paper reviews the complications that arose after 68 276 percutaneous liver biopsies performed from 1973 to 1983. The complications are analyzed in relation to the underlying liver disease and to the type of needle used. Death was infrequent (9/100 000); it was always due to haemoperitoneum and occurred only in patients with malignant diseases or(More)
We studied 648 hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)- and/or anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive patients to evaluate the virologic and clinical characteristics of multiple hepatitis viral infection. We defined as Case B-C an HBsAg/anti-HCV positive patient and as Case b-C an anti-HCV/anti-HBc-positive, HBsAg/anti-HBs-negative patient. For each Case B-C we(More)
To evaluate whether HCV genotype and a "silent" HBV infection may be related to a more severe clinical presentation of liver disease, 205 anti-HCV/HCV-RNA positive, HBsAg/anti-HBs negative patients with chronic hepatitis (113 males and 92 females; median age 55 years, range 18-77), were studied on presentation at the Liver Unit from January 1993 to December(More)
BACKGROUND Few data are available on histological features of chronic hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) virus coinfection. PATIENTS AND METHODS We enrolled 142 consecutive patients with viral chronic hepatitis on their first liver biopsy: 27 HBsAg and anti-HCV positive (case BC group), 57 HBsAg positive and anti-HCV negative (control B group) and 58 anti-HCV(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this review was to define a core set of recommendations for the treatment of HCV-associated mixed cryoglobulinemia syndrome (MCS) by combining current evidence from clinical trials and expert opinion. METHODS Expert physicians involved in studying and treating patients with MCS formulated statements after discussing the(More)
To improve our knowledge for future hepatitis A virus (HAV) vaccination strategies we carried out a multicentre study on naturally acquired immunological protection against HAV in patients with chronic hepatitis in Italy. We enrolled 830 consecutive patients with chronic hepatitis on their first observation at one of the six Italian liver units(More)
BACKGROUND There are widely discrepant findings on the sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV), commonly transmitted by the parenteral route. Coinfection with HCV is common in subjects infected with HIV. GOAL This case-control study evaluated the prevalence of anti-HCV in subjects with hetero- or homosexual contact and no history of intravenous(More)
In 1983, a pilot project of universal hepatitis B vaccination was introduced in a hyperendemic area in southern Italy (Afragola) and is ongoing to date. In this area before the start of vaccination, we found significant evidence of HBV endemicity: the acute viral hepatitis B incidence in the general population averaged 63/100,000; the HBsAg and anti-HBc(More)