Efficacy and safety of addition of minor bloodletting (petit phlebotomy) in hepatitis C virus-infected patients receiving regular glycyrrhizin injections

@article{Tanaka2009EfficacyAS,
  title={Efficacy and safety of addition of minor bloodletting (petit phlebotomy) in hepatitis C virus-infected patients receiving regular glycyrrhizin injections},
  author={Naoki Tanaka and Akira Horiuchi and Takahiro Yamaura and Michiharu Komatsu and Takahide Yokoyama and Shinji Okaniwa and Tadanobu Nagaya and Kaname Yoshizawa and Kendo Kiyosawa and Toshifumi Aoyama and Eiji Tanaka},
  journal={Journal of Gastroenterology},
  year={2009},
  volume={44},
  pages={577-582}
}
Hepatoprotective therapies that include regular glycyrrhizin injections (GIs) are beneficial for chronic hepatitis C patients, but are sometimes insufficient for normalizing serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels. Here, we evaluated whether the addition of minor bloodletting, named petit phlebotomy (PP), prior to each GI could further reduce serum ALT concentrations in such patients. Seventy-six hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients receiving regular GI, with persistently abnormal… CONTINUE READING
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