Pegylated interferon α plus ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C: A multicentre independent study supported by the Italian Drug Agency

Floriano Rosina, Maria Elena Tosti, Elisabetta Borghesio, Maria Masocco, Alfonso Mele, Carmine Coppola, Michele Milella, Guglielmo Borgia, Pietro Andreone, Maurizio Koch, Anna Linda Zignego, Mario Romano, Maurizio Carrara, Piero Luigi Almasio, Emilio Azzola, Gerardo Nardone, Antonio Benedetti, Giampiero Carosi, Francesco Mazzotta, Evangelista SagnelliMario Rizzetto, M. C. Mascolo, C. Cursaro, A. Scuteri, C. Crespi, A. Gianstefani, J. Ranieri, M. Monti, G. Corti, P. L. Blanc, F. Baragli, S. Bellentani, A. Gasbarrini, M. Pompili, F. Mecenate, A. Picardi, U. Vespasiani, Nosotti, A. Gasbarrini, M. Pompili, F. Mecenate, A.Picardi, Nosotti, G. L. Ricci, U. Vespasiani, A. Paffetti, C. Mastropietro, A. Moretti, A. L. Spagnolo, C. Puoti, L. Bellis, A. Regazzetti, E. Maffezzini, A. Pietrangelo, G. Abbati, A. Borghi, C. Sardini, G. Raimondo, L. Scribano, D. Martines, G. Svegliati Baroni, G. Faraci, S. Schi-anchi, G. Fornaciari, M. Massari, P. Fabris, T. Bertin, M. Salvagnini, S. Madonia, A. Calì, G. Civitavecchia, M. Pirisi, C. Smirne, M. Andreoletti, F. Morisco, N. Caporaso, I. Gentile, G. Brancaccio, G. B. Gaeta, A. Liberti, M. D. Iannece, A. Rocco, A. Federico, C. Loguercio, G. Riegler, P. Esposito, S. Fargion, E. Fatta, F. Masutti, M. E. Bonaventura, A. Autolitano, M. Russello, A. Bellia, P. Toniutto, D. Bitetto, L. Pasulo, M. G. Lucà, I. Grattagliano, G. Palasciano, D. Romagno, G. Giannelli, N. Napoli, M. S. Plattella, P. Cassano, G. Gobbo, V. Monti, A. Raspanti, Cuccorese, A. E. Colombo, G. Mandelli, G. C. Spinzi, Floridia, V. Messina, S. Bonfante, P. Bellissima, M. Toti, J. Vecchiet, K. Falasca, V. Portelli, G. De Stefano, G. Pietromatera, P. Viganò, T. Re, M. Andreoni, G.Raineri, P. A. Grossi, S. Caputo, G. Cassola, M. Feasi, A. Di Biagio, L. Nicolini, E. G. Giannini, M. Corbo, G. Foti, A. Kunkar, L. Caterini, D. Migliorini, A. Chiodera, G. Calleri, C. Spezia, L. Framarin, M.Berrutti, A. Ciancio, C. Baiguera, M. Puoti, S. Vento, C. Contini, S. Boccia, M. A. Casiraghi, L. Simone, D. Tacconi, M. Caremani, P. Almi, M. Chimenti, Cosco, D. Messeri, F. C. Esperti, L. Lomonaco, P. Pazzi, F. Fornari, G. Comparato, T. Casetti, F. G. Foschi, A. Samori, E. Ferretti, R. Marin, N. Campo, R. Testa, S. Rizzo

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Background: Data on the efficacy of Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy for chronic hepatitis C are mostly derived from treatment of selected patients enrolled in clinical trials. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy in "real world" chronic hepatitis C patients in Italy. Methods: Independent observational multicentre study including consecutive patients receiving Peg-interferon/ribavirin in the 18 months before (retrospective phase) and after (prospective phase) the start of the study. Results: 4176 patients were eligible. The final study population consisted of 2051 patients in the retrospective and 2073 in the prospective phase.Sustained virological response was achieved by 1036 patients (50.5%) during the retrospective phase: 325 were genotypes 1/4 (34.1%) and 684 were genotypes 2/3 (67.2%) and by 800 patients (38.6%) during the prospective phase: 300 were genotypes 1/4 (28.4%) and 473 were genotypes 2/3 (51.5%).During multivariate analysis genotypes 2/3 were significantly associated with higher sustained virological response rates; cirrhosis and γ-glutamil-transpeptidase >2 times the normal limit were associated with poorer response. Conclusions: The response to Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy in "real world" clinical practice is distinctly lower than in registration trials. The difference in response rates was more pronounced among easy-to-treat than among difficult-to-treat hepatitis C virus genotypes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-832
Number of pages7
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Volume46
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Ribavirin
Chronic Hepatitis C
Interferons
Multicenter Studies
Genotype
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Therapeutics
Peptidyl Transferases
Hepacivirus
Italy
Observational Studies
Fibrosis
Multivariate Analysis
Clinical Trials
Population

Keywords

  • Ribavirin
  • Sustained virological response (SVR)
  • Treatment

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Pegylated interferon α plus ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C : A multicentre independent study supported by the Italian Drug Agency. / Rosina, Floriano; Tosti, Maria Elena; Borghesio, Elisabetta; Masocco, Maria; Mele, Alfonso; Coppola, Carmine; Milella, Michele; Borgia, Guglielmo; Andreone, Pietro; Koch, Maurizio; Zignego, Anna Linda; Romano, Mario; Carrara, Maurizio; Almasio, Piero Luigi; Azzola, Emilio; Nardone, Gerardo; Benedetti, Antonio; Carosi, Giampiero; Mazzotta, Francesco; Sagnelli, Evangelista; Rizzetto, Mario; Mascolo, M. C.; Cursaro, C.; Scuteri, A.; Crespi, C.; Gianstefani, A.; Ranieri, J.; Monti, M.; Corti, G.; Blanc, P. L.; Baragli, F.; Bellentani, S.; Gasbarrini, A.; Pompili, M.; Mecenate, F.; Picardi, A.; Vespasiani, U.; Nosotti; Gasbarrini, A.; Pompili, M.; Mecenate, F.; A.Picardi; Nosotti; Ricci, G. L.; Vespasiani, U.; Paffetti, A.; Mastropietro, C.; Moretti, A.; Spagnolo, A. L.; Puoti, C.; Bellis, L.; Regazzetti, A.; Maffezzini, E.; Pietrangelo, A.; Abbati, G.; Borghi, A.; Sardini, C.; Raimondo, G.; Scribano, L.; Martines, D.; Svegliati Baroni, G.; Faraci, G.; Schi-anchi, S.; Fornaciari, G.; Massari, M.; Fabris, P.; Bertin, T.; Salvagnini, M.; Madonia, S.; Calì, A.; Civitavecchia, G.; Pirisi, M.; Smirne, C.; Andreoletti, M.; Morisco, F.; Caporaso, N.; Gentile, I.; Brancaccio, G.; Gaeta, G. B.; Liberti, A.; Iannece, M. D.; Rocco, A.; Federico, A.; Loguercio, C.; Riegler, G.; Esposito, P.; Fargion, S.; Fatta, E.; Masutti, F.; Bonaventura, M. E.; Autolitano, A.; Russello, M.; Bellia, A.; Toniutto, P.; Bitetto, D.; Pasulo, L.; Lucà, M. G.; Grattagliano, I.; Palasciano, G.; Romagno, D.; Giannelli, G.; Napoli, N.; Plattella, M. S.; Cassano, P.; Gobbo, G.; Monti, V.; Raspanti, A.; Cuccorese; Colombo, A. E.; Mandelli, G.; Spinzi, G. C.; Floridia; Messina, V.; Bonfante, S.; Bellissima, P.; Toti, M.; Vecchiet, J.; Falasca, K.; Portelli, V.; Stefano, G. De; Pietromatera, G.; Viganò, P.; Re, T.; Andreoni, M.; G.Raineri; Grossi, P. A.; Caputo, S.; Cassola, G.; Feasi, M.; Biagio, A. Di; Nicolini, L.; Giannini, E. G.; Corbo, M.; Foti, G.; Kunkar, A.; Caterini, L.; Migliorini, D.; Chiodera, A.; Calleri, G.; Spezia, C.; Framarin, L.; M.Berrutti; Ciancio, A.; Baiguera, C.; Puoti, M.; Vento, S.; Contini, C.; Boccia, S.; Casiraghi, M. A.; Simone, L.; Tacconi, D.; Caremani, M.; Almi, P.; Chimenti, M.; Cosco; Messeri, D.; Esperti, F. C.; Lomonaco, L.; Pazzi, P.; Fornari, F.; Comparato, G.; Casetti, T.; Foschi, F. G.; Samori, A.; Ferretti, E.; Marin, R.; Campo, N.; Testa, R.; Rizzo, S.

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Rosina, F, Tosti, ME, Borghesio, E, Masocco, M, Mele, A, Coppola, C, Milella, M, Borgia, G, Andreone, P, Koch, M, Zignego, AL, Romano, M, Carrara, M, Almasio, PL, Azzola, E, Nardone, G, Benedetti, A, Carosi, G, Mazzotta, F, Sagnelli, E, Rizzetto, M, Mascolo, MC, Cursaro, C, Scuteri, A, Crespi, C, Gianstefani, A, Ranieri, J, Monti, M, Corti, G, Blanc, PL, Baragli, F, Bellentani, S, Gasbarrini, A, Pompili, M, Mecenate, F, Picardi, A, Vespasiani, U, Nosotti, Gasbarrini, A, Pompili, M, Mecenate, F, A.Picardi, Nosotti, Ricci, GL, Vespasiani, U, Paffetti, A, Mastropietro, C, Moretti, A, Spagnolo, AL, Puoti, C, Bellis, L, Regazzetti, A, Maffezzini, E, Pietrangelo, A, Abbati, G, Borghi, A, Sardini, C, Raimondo, G, Scribano, L, Martines, D, Svegliati Baroni, G, Faraci, G, Schi-anchi, S, Fornaciari, G, Massari, M, Fabris, P, Bertin, T, Salvagnini, M, Madonia, S, Calì, A, Civitavecchia, G, Pirisi, M, Smirne, C, Andreoletti, M, Morisco, F, Caporaso, N, Gentile, I, Brancaccio, G, Gaeta, GB, Liberti, A, Iannece, MD, Rocco, A, Federico, A, Loguercio, C, Riegler, G, Esposito, P, Fargion, S, Fatta, E, Masutti, F, Bonaventura, ME, Autolitano, A, Russello, M, Bellia, A, Toniutto, P, Bitetto, D, Pasulo, L, Lucà, MG, Grattagliano, I, Palasciano, G, Romagno, D, Giannelli, G, Napoli, N, Plattella, MS, Cassano, P, Gobbo, G, Monti, V, Raspanti, A, Cuccorese, Colombo, AE, Mandelli, G, Spinzi, GC, Floridia, Messina, V, Bonfante, S, Bellissima, P, Toti, M, Vecchiet, J, Falasca, K, Portelli, V, Stefano, GD, Pietromatera, G, Viganò, P, Re, T, Andreoni, M, G.Raineri, Grossi, PA, Caputo, S, Cassola, G, Feasi, M, Biagio, AD, Nicolini, L, Giannini, EG, Corbo, M, Foti, G, Kunkar, A, Caterini, L, Migliorini, D, Chiodera, A, Calleri, G, Spezia, C, Framarin, L, M.Berrutti, Ciancio, A, Baiguera, C, Puoti, M, Vento, S, Contini, C, Boccia, S, Casiraghi, MA, Simone, L, Tacconi, D, Caremani, M, Almi, P, Chimenti, M, Cosco, Messeri, D, Esperti, FC, Lomonaco, L, Pazzi, P, Fornari, F, Comparato, G, Casetti, T, Foschi, FG, Samori, A, Ferretti, E, Marin, R, Campo, N, Testa, R & Rizzo, S 2014, 'Pegylated interferon α plus ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C: A multicentre independent study supported by the Italian Drug Agency', Digestive and Liver Disease, vol. 46, no. 9, pp. 826-832. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dld.2014.05.014
Rosina, Floriano ; Tosti, Maria Elena ; Borghesio, Elisabetta ; Masocco, Maria ; Mele, Alfonso ; Coppola, Carmine ; Milella, Michele ; Borgia, Guglielmo ; Andreone, Pietro ; Koch, Maurizio ; Zignego, Anna Linda ; Romano, Mario ; Carrara, Maurizio ; Almasio, Piero Luigi ; Azzola, Emilio ; Nardone, Gerardo ; Benedetti, Antonio ; Carosi, Giampiero ; Mazzotta, Francesco ; Sagnelli, Evangelista ; Rizzetto, Mario ; Mascolo, M. C. ; Cursaro, C. ; Scuteri, A. ; Crespi, C. ; Gianstefani, A. ; Ranieri, J. ; Monti, M. ; Corti, G. ; Blanc, P. L. ; Baragli, F. ; Bellentani, S. ; Gasbarrini, A. ; Pompili, M. ; Mecenate, F. ; Picardi, A. ; Vespasiani, U. ; Nosotti ; Gasbarrini, A. ; Pompili, M. ; Mecenate, F. ; A.Picardi ; Nosotti ; Ricci, G. L. ; Vespasiani, U. ; Paffetti, A. ; Mastropietro, C. ; Moretti, A. ; Spagnolo, A. L. ; Puoti, C. ; Bellis, L. ; Regazzetti, A. ; Maffezzini, E. ; Pietrangelo, A. ; Abbati, G. ; Borghi, A. ; Sardini, C. ; Raimondo, G. ; Scribano, L. ; Martines, D. ; Svegliati Baroni, G. ; Faraci, G. ; Schi-anchi, S. ; Fornaciari, G. ; Massari, M. ; Fabris, P. ; Bertin, T. ; Salvagnini, M. ; Madonia, S. ; Calì, A. ; Civitavecchia, G. ; Pirisi, M. ; Smirne, C. ; Andreoletti, M. ; Morisco, F. ; Caporaso, N. ; Gentile, I. ; Brancaccio, G. ; Gaeta, G. B. ; Liberti, A. ; Iannece, M. D. ; Rocco, A. ; Federico, A. ; Loguercio, C. ; Riegler, G. ; Esposito, P. ; Fargion, S. ; Fatta, E. ; Masutti, F. ; Bonaventura, M. E. ; Autolitano, A. ; Russello, M. ; Bellia, A. ; Toniutto, P. ; Bitetto, D. ; Pasulo, L. ; Lucà, M. G. ; Grattagliano, I. ; Palasciano, G. ; Romagno, D. ; Giannelli, G. ; Napoli, N. ; Plattella, M. S. ; Cassano, P. ; Gobbo, G. ; Monti, V. ; Raspanti, A. ; Cuccorese ; Colombo, A. E. ; Mandelli, G. ; Spinzi, G. C. ; Floridia ; Messina, V. ; Bonfante, S. ; Bellissima, P. ; Toti, M. ; Vecchiet, J. ; Falasca, K. ; Portelli, V. ; Stefano, G. De ; Pietromatera, G. ; Viganò, P. ; Re, T. ; Andreoni, M. ; G.Raineri ; Grossi, P. A. ; Caputo, S. ; Cassola, G. ; Feasi, M. ; Biagio, A. Di ; Nicolini, L. ; Giannini, E. G. ; Corbo, M. ; Foti, G. ; Kunkar, A. ; Caterini, L. ; Migliorini, D. ; Chiodera, A. ; Calleri, G. ; Spezia, C. ; Framarin, L. ; M.Berrutti ; Ciancio, A. ; Baiguera, C. ; Puoti, M. ; Vento, S. ; Contini, C. ; Boccia, S. ; Casiraghi, M. A. ; Simone, L. ; Tacconi, D. ; Caremani, M. ; Almi, P. ; Chimenti, M. ; Cosco ; Messeri, D. ; Esperti, F. C. ; Lomonaco, L. ; Pazzi, P. ; Fornari, F. ; Comparato, G. ; Casetti, T. ; Foschi, F. G. ; Samori, A. ; Ferretti, E. ; Marin, R. ; Campo, N. ; Testa, R. ; Rizzo, S. / Pegylated interferon α plus ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C : A multicentre independent study supported by the Italian Drug Agency. In: Digestive and Liver Disease. 2014 ; Vol. 46, No. 9. pp. 826-832.
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AU - Tosti, Maria Elena

AU - Borghesio, Elisabetta

AU - Masocco, Maria

AU - Mele, Alfonso

AU - Coppola, Carmine

AU - Milella, Michele

AU - Borgia, Guglielmo

AU - Andreone, Pietro

AU - Koch, Maurizio

AU - Zignego, Anna Linda

AU - Romano, Mario

AU - Carrara, Maurizio

AU - Almasio, Piero Luigi

AU - Azzola, Emilio

AU - Nardone, Gerardo

AU - Benedetti, Antonio

AU - Carosi, Giampiero

AU - Mazzotta, Francesco

AU - Sagnelli, Evangelista

AU - Rizzetto, Mario

AU - Mascolo, M. C.

AU - Cursaro, C.

AU - Scuteri, A.

AU - Crespi, C.

AU - Gianstefani, A.

AU - Ranieri, J.

AU - Monti, M.

AU - Corti, G.

AU - Blanc, P. L.

AU - Baragli, F.

AU - Bellentani, S.

AU - Gasbarrini, A.

AU - Pompili, M.

AU - Mecenate, F.

AU - Picardi, A.

AU - Vespasiani, U.

AU - Nosotti,

AU - Gasbarrini, A.

AU - Pompili, M.

AU - Mecenate, F.

AU - A.Picardi,

AU - Nosotti,

AU - Ricci, G. L.

AU - Vespasiani, U.

AU - Paffetti, A.

AU - Mastropietro, C.

AU - Moretti, A.

AU - Spagnolo, A. L.

AU - Puoti, C.

AU - Bellis, L.

AU - Regazzetti, A.

AU - Maffezzini, E.

AU - Pietrangelo, A.

AU - Abbati, G.

AU - Borghi, A.

AU - Sardini, C.

AU - Raimondo, G.

AU - Scribano, L.

AU - Martines, D.

AU - Svegliati Baroni, G.

AU - Faraci, G.

AU - Schi-anchi, S.

AU - Fornaciari, G.

AU - Massari, M.

AU - Fabris, P.

AU - Bertin, T.

AU - Salvagnini, M.

AU - Madonia, S.

AU - Calì, A.

AU - Civitavecchia, G.

AU - Pirisi, M.

AU - Smirne, C.

AU - Andreoletti, M.

AU - Morisco, F.

AU - Caporaso, N.

AU - Gentile, I.

AU - Brancaccio, G.

AU - Gaeta, G. B.

AU - Liberti, A.

AU - Iannece, M. D.

AU - Rocco, A.

AU - Federico, A.

AU - Loguercio, C.

AU - Riegler, G.

AU - Esposito, P.

AU - Fargion, S.

AU - Fatta, E.

AU - Masutti, F.

AU - Bonaventura, M. E.

AU - Autolitano, A.

AU - Russello, M.

AU - Bellia, A.

AU - Toniutto, P.

AU - Bitetto, D.

AU - Pasulo, L.

AU - Lucà, M. G.

AU - Grattagliano, I.

AU - Palasciano, G.

AU - Romagno, D.

AU - Giannelli, G.

AU - Napoli, N.

AU - Plattella, M. S.

AU - Cassano, P.

AU - Gobbo, G.

AU - Monti, V.

AU - Raspanti, A.

AU - Cuccorese,

AU - Colombo, A. E.

AU - Mandelli, G.

AU - Spinzi, G. C.

AU - Floridia,

AU - Messina, V.

AU - Bonfante, S.

AU - Bellissima, P.

AU - Toti, M.

AU - Vecchiet, J.

AU - Falasca, K.

AU - Portelli, V.

AU - Stefano, G. De

AU - Pietromatera, G.

AU - Viganò, P.

AU - Re, T.

AU - Andreoni, M.

AU - G.Raineri,

AU - Grossi, P. A.

AU - Caputo, S.

AU - Cassola, G.

AU - Feasi, M.

AU - Biagio, A. Di

AU - Nicolini, L.

AU - Giannini, E. G.

AU - Corbo, M.

AU - Foti, G.

AU - Kunkar, A.

AU - Caterini, L.

AU - Migliorini, D.

AU - Chiodera, A.

AU - Calleri, G.

AU - Spezia, C.

AU - Framarin, L.

AU - M.Berrutti,

AU - Ciancio, A.

AU - Baiguera, C.

AU - Puoti, M.

AU - Vento, S.

AU - Contini, C.

AU - Boccia, S.

AU - Casiraghi, M. A.

AU - Simone, L.

AU - Tacconi, D.

AU - Caremani, M.

AU - Almi, P.

AU - Chimenti, M.

AU - Cosco,

AU - Messeri, D.

AU - Esperti, F. C.

AU - Lomonaco, L.

AU - Pazzi, P.

AU - Fornari, F.

AU - Comparato, G.

AU - Casetti, T.

AU - Foschi, F. G.

AU - Samori, A.

AU - Ferretti, E.

AU - Marin, R.

AU - Campo, N.

AU - Testa, R.

AU - Rizzo, S.

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - Background: Data on the efficacy of Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy for chronic hepatitis C are mostly derived from treatment of selected patients enrolled in clinical trials. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy in "real world" chronic hepatitis C patients in Italy. Methods: Independent observational multicentre study including consecutive patients receiving Peg-interferon/ribavirin in the 18 months before (retrospective phase) and after (prospective phase) the start of the study. Results: 4176 patients were eligible. The final study population consisted of 2051 patients in the retrospective and 2073 in the prospective phase.Sustained virological response was achieved by 1036 patients (50.5%) during the retrospective phase: 325 were genotypes 1/4 (34.1%) and 684 were genotypes 2/3 (67.2%) and by 800 patients (38.6%) during the prospective phase: 300 were genotypes 1/4 (28.4%) and 473 were genotypes 2/3 (51.5%).During multivariate analysis genotypes 2/3 were significantly associated with higher sustained virological response rates; cirrhosis and γ-glutamil-transpeptidase >2 times the normal limit were associated with poorer response. Conclusions: The response to Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy in "real world" clinical practice is distinctly lower than in registration trials. The difference in response rates was more pronounced among easy-to-treat than among difficult-to-treat hepatitis C virus genotypes.

AB - Background: Data on the efficacy of Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy for chronic hepatitis C are mostly derived from treatment of selected patients enrolled in clinical trials. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy in "real world" chronic hepatitis C patients in Italy. Methods: Independent observational multicentre study including consecutive patients receiving Peg-interferon/ribavirin in the 18 months before (retrospective phase) and after (prospective phase) the start of the study. Results: 4176 patients were eligible. The final study population consisted of 2051 patients in the retrospective and 2073 in the prospective phase.Sustained virological response was achieved by 1036 patients (50.5%) during the retrospective phase: 325 were genotypes 1/4 (34.1%) and 684 were genotypes 2/3 (67.2%) and by 800 patients (38.6%) during the prospective phase: 300 were genotypes 1/4 (28.4%) and 473 were genotypes 2/3 (51.5%).During multivariate analysis genotypes 2/3 were significantly associated with higher sustained virological response rates; cirrhosis and γ-glutamil-transpeptidase >2 times the normal limit were associated with poorer response. Conclusions: The response to Peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy in "real world" clinical practice is distinctly lower than in registration trials. The difference in response rates was more pronounced among easy-to-treat than among difficult-to-treat hepatitis C virus genotypes.

KW - Ribavirin

KW - Sustained virological response (SVR)

KW - Treatment

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U2 - 10.1016/j.dld.2014.05.014

DO - 10.1016/j.dld.2014.05.014

M3 - Article

C2 - 24986781

AN - SCOPUS:84906309220

VL - 46

SP - 826

EP - 832

JO - Digestive and Liver Disease

JF - Digestive and Liver Disease

SN - 1590-8658

IS - 9

ER -