Eltrombopag increases platelet numbers in thrombocytopenic patients with hcv infection and cirrhosis, allowing for effective antiviral therapy

Nezam H. Afdhal, Geoffrey M. Dusheiko, Edoardo G. Giannini, Pei Jer Chen, Kwang Hyub Han, Aftab Mohsin, Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, Sorin Rugina, Igor Bakulin, Eric Lawitz, Mitchell L. Shiffman, Ghias Un Nabi Tayyab, Fred Poordad, Yasser Mostafa Kamel, Andres Brainsky, James Geib, Sandra Y. Vasey, Rita Patwardhan, Fiona M. Campbell, Dickens Theodore

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Abstract

Background & Aims Thrombocytopenia is common among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, limiting initiation and dose of peginterferon-alfa (PEG) and ribavirin (RBV) therapy. The phase 3 randomized, controlled studies, Eltrombopag to Initiate and Maintain Interferon Antiviral Treatment to Benefit Subjects with Hepatitis C-Related Liver Disease (ENABLE)-1 and ENABLE-2, investigated the ability of eltrombopag to increase the number of platelets in patients, thereby allowing them to receive initiation or maintenance therapy with PEG and RBV. Methods Patients with HCV infection and thrombocytopenia (platelet count

Original languageEnglish
JournalGastroenterology
Volume146
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Blood Clot
  • Complication
  • Liver Disease
  • Portal Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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