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BACKGROUND Treatment of HBeAg-positive patients with chronic hepatitis B is not effective in most. A combination of immunomodulatory pegylated interferon alfa-2b and antiviral lamivudine might improve the rate of sustained response. METHODS 307 HBeAg-positive patients with chronic hepatitis B were assigned combination therapy (100 microg/week pegylated(More)
Primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus (PMME) comprises only 0.1–0.2% of all malignant esophageal tumors. PMME tumors are highly aggressive and metastasize early via hematogenic and lymphatic pathways. Treatment outcome is poor because the cancer has often advanced at the time of diagnosis. Inoperability, unsuccessful treatment with radio-therapy and(More)
The success of alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) monotherapy for the treatment of chronic hepatitis D is very limited. In this study, the efficacy of IFN-alpha and ribavirin combination therapy for chronic hepatitis D was investigated. Nineteen patients (15 males; mean age +/- standard deviation, 36.8 +/- 12.8 years) with chronic hepatitis D who were treated(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Pegylated interferon plus ribavirin combination therapy has been the standard of therapy for patients with chronic hepatitis C. Although previous studies have reported long term durability after the sustained virologic response (SVR) with standard therapy for chronic hepatitis C, it is still unclear in Korea. The aim of this study was to(More)
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