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Expectations of Treatment of Hepatitis C in Children

The study aimed at presenting a general overview of the current treatments for HCV infection in children. In children the most commonly used drugs are pegylated alpha interferon in combination with ribavirin only Boceprevir was tested and not approved for use in children. Safety and efficacy of new drugs in children need further investigation.


Background: HCV infection in children differs from infection in adult through transmission paths, spontaneous viral clearance rate, and fibrosis progression duration of chronic infection. It is estimated that the rate of children with chronic hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis is less than 2%, however there are reports of children requiring liver transplantation. 

25 May, 2016
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e-Published: 14 Jul, 2016


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