Serine protease inhibitors in patients with chronic viral hepatitis.


BACKGROUND/AIMS This study aimed to determine whether deficiency of the major serine protease inhibitors (alpha1-antitrypsin (AAT) or alpha1-antichymotrypsin (ACT)) is associated with increased risk for chronic hepatitis B or C virus (HBV or HCV) infection. METHODS We studied 709 adults with chronic liver disease who had undergone liver biopsy during the… (More)


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