Early detection of nonresponse to interferon plus ribavirin combination treatment of chronic hepatitis C.


We have investigated the value of early hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA decline (DeltaHCV RNA) to predict response to combination therapy in 66 chronic hepatitis C patients treated with IFN-alpha2b (3 MU thrice weekly) and ribavirin (800 mg daily) for 12 months [25 sustained responders (SR) and 41 nonresponders or relapsers (NR)]. Serum HCV RNA was… (More)