Influence of alcohol on the progression of hepatitis C virus infection: a meta-analysis.

  title={Influence of alcohol on the progression of hepatitis C virus infection: a meta-analysis.},
  author={Sharon J. Hutchinson and Sheila M Bird and David Goldberg},
  journal={Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association},
  volume={3 11},
BACKGROUND & AIMS A convincing, yet inconsistent, pattern has emerged that demonstrates increased progression of HCV-related liver disease with heavy alcohol use. The aim was to perform a meta-analysis to quantify the effect of alcohol on cirrhosis risk among persons infected with HCV. METHODS A meta-analysis of 20 articles, involving more than 15,000 HCV chronically infected persons, published between 1995 and 2004 was undertaken to explore the relationship between advanced liver disease and… CONTINUE READING


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