Hepatitis C viraemia and liver disease in symptom-free individuals with anti-HCV

A. Alberti, G. Morsica, L. Chemello, D. Cavalletto, F. Noventa, P. Pontisso, A. Ruol

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There is controversy about clinical management of patients who persistently have antibodies to hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) but who have no symptoms and signs of liver disease. We have taken liver biopsy samples from 23 such patients (16 of whom had normal alanine aminotransferase [ALT] values) to assess prevalence of liver disease and to see whether anti-HCV and HCV-RNA correlated with histological findings. 16 patients had histological evidence of chronic hepatitis, which was not predicted by serum ALT or by the pattern of specificity of anti-HCV. All 16 cases with hepatitis C viraemia (HCV-RNA detected by polymerase chain reaction), including 9 with normal ALT, had chronic hepatitis on biopsy (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-698
Number of pages2
Issue number8821
Publication statusPublished - Sep 19 1992

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