HCV infection facilitates asymptomatic carotid atherosclerosis: preliminary report of HCV RNA localization in human carotid plaques.

@article{Boddi2007HCVIF,
  title={HCV infection facilitates asymptomatic carotid atherosclerosis: preliminary report of HCV RNA localization in human carotid plaques.},
  author={Maria Boddi and Rosanna Abbate and Benedetta Chellini and Betti Giusti and Vera Solazzo and Francesco Soft and Giovanni Pratesi and Carlo Alberto Pratesi and Gian Franco Gensini and Anna Linda Zignego},
  journal={Digestive and liver disease : official journal of the Italian Society of Gastroenterology and the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver},
  year={2007},
  volume={39 Suppl 1},
  pages={S55-60}
}
BACKGROUND Clinical and experimental evidence suggests that hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection shows peculiar characteristics that strongly support a role in the development of atherosclerosis. We aimed to investigate whether (a) HCV infection can facilitate asymptomatic carotid lesions and (b) the presence of HCV RNA sequences can be shown in plaque tissues. METHODS The status of carotid arteries, studied as intima-media thickness (IMT) in carotid bifurcation and prevalence and severity of… CONTINUE READING
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