As far as concerns chronic hepatitis C virus infection in pregnant women, different points remain to be elucidated, such as the clinical course, the rate of mother-to-child hepatitis C virus transmission and, in particular, its route and the possible risk factors. This review aimed to analyse current data on the prevalence of chronic hepatitis C virus infection in pregnant women and its relationship with risk factors, the rate of mother-to-child hepatitis C virus transmission and the factors possibly involved, particularly the maternal hepatitis C virus viral load and the human immunodeficiency virus coinfection, and the type of delivery and feeding. Finally, the appropriate timing for HCV-RNA testing in newborns has been reviewed.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Digestive and Liver Disease|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- HCV-RNA testing
- Hepatitis C virus
- Human immunodeficiency virus
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