Clinical course of pregnant women with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and risk of mother-to-child hepatitis C virus transmission

D. Conte, A. Colucci, E. Minola, M. Fraquelli, D. Prati

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-371
Number of pages6
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Volume33
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • HCV-RNA testing
  • Hepatitis C virus
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Newborns
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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