Wolf Peter Hofmann

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CONTEXT Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection outcomes include liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and liver-related death. OBJECTIVE To assess the association between sustained virological response (SVR) and all-cause mortality in patients with chronic HCV infection and advanced hepatic fibrosis. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS An(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical outcomes of chronic hepatitis C infection in patients with advanced fibrosis include liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether sustained virologic response to treatment for hepatitis C is associated with improved clinical outcomes. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING 5 hepatology(More)
UNLABELLED Recent studies suggest that diabetes mellitus increases the risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study is to quantify the risk of HCC among patients with both diabetes mellitus and hepatitis C in a large cohort of patients with chronic hepatitis C and advanced fibrosis. We included 541 patients of whom 85 (16%) had(More)
UNLABELLED Entecavir (ETV) is a potent inhibitor of viral replication in nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA)-naïve chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the long term efficacy and safety of ETV in NA-naïve CHB patients, particularly in those with detectable hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA after 48 weeks, in whom treatment(More)
Only 50-60% of the patients chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) achieve a sustained virologic response to the current standard antiviral therapy consisting of pegylated interferon alpha in combination with ribavirin. The definite reasons for virologic response or non-response to interferon alpha-based therapy are unknown. Besides host and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The standard of hepatitis C antiviral therapy combines pegylated interferon-α with ribavirin. This polar guanosine analog improves the sustained virological response (SVR) rates, but may induce hemolytic anemia. As its pharmacokinetics depend on facilitated transmembrane transport, we assessed whether variants in genes that code for(More)
OBJECTIVE Entecavir (ETV) is a potent inhibitor of viral replication in chronic hepatitis B and prolonged treatment may result in regression of fibrosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of ETV on disease progression. DESIGN In a multicentre cohort study, 372 ETV-treated patients were investigated. Clinical events were defined as(More)
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects more than 170 million persons worldwide and is responsible for the development of liver cirrhosis in many cases. Standard treatment with pegylated alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) in combination with the nucleoside analogue ribavirin leads to a sustained virologic response in approximately half of the patients.(More)
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) non-structural (NS)5A protein is linked to interferon α resistance in vitro and higher numbers of NS5A amino acid (aa) variations in HCV 1a/b isolates are associated with virologic response to interferon α-based therapy in vivo. Here, we aimed to study NS5A aa variations in Indian patients undergoing interferon α/ribavirin(More)
Entecavir is a potent nucleoside inhibitor of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) polymerase with a high antiviral efficacy and a high genetic barrier to viral resistance. After approval in 2006, knowledge on the side effect profile in patients with advanced liver disease and impaired liver function is still limited. Here, we report on 16 patients with liver(More)