‘Real-life’ experience with direct-acting antiviral agents for hepatitis C virus in end-stage renal disease

Rebeca García-Agudo, Sami Aoufi-Rabih, Mercedes Salgueira-Lazo, Carmen González-Corvillo, Fabrizio Fabrizi

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Background and Aims: The advent of direct-acting antiviral agents promises to change the management of hepatitis C in patients with end-stage renal disease, a patient group where the treatment of hepatitis C was historically challenging. We investigated the safety and efficacy of all-oral, interferon-free direct-acting antiviral agents for the treatment of hepatitis C in a ‘real-world’ group of patients with end-stage renal disease. Methods: We performed a single-arm, multi-centre study in a cohort (n=30) of patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (mostly on dialysis) who underwent antiviral therapy with direct-acting antiviral agents. The primary end-point was sustained virologic response (serum hepatitis C virus RNA < 15 mIU/mL, 12 weeks after treatment ended). We collected data on on-treatment adverse events, serious adverse events and laboratory abnormalities. Results: In total, 23 (77%) and 7 (23%) patients underwent regular dialysis and had chronic kidney disease at pre-dialysis stage, respectively. Six regimens were adopted: elbasvir/grazoprevir (n = 6), ledipasvir/sofosbuvir ± ribavirin (n = 4), PrOD regimens ± ribavirin (n = 10), simeprevir + daclatasvir (n = 3), sofosbuvir + daclatasvir ± ribavirin (n = 3), sofosbuvir + ribavirin (n = 4). The SVR12 rate was 90% (95% confidence interval, 74%; 96%). A total of 27 (90%) patients achieved SVR12; there were three virologic failures – two were non-responders and one had a viral breakthrough while on therapy. Adverse events occurred in 53% (16/30) (95% confidence interval, 0.39; 0.73) of patients and were managed clinically without discontinuation of therapy or hospitalization. The most common adverse event was anaemia (n = 12) that required blood transfusions in seven individuals; deterioration of kidney function occurred in one (14%). Conclusion: All-oral, interferon-free therapy with direct-acting antiviral agents for chronic hepatitis C virus in advanced chronic kidney disease was effective and well tolerated in a ‘real-life’ clinical setting. Careful monitoring of haemoglobin and serum creatinine during therapy with direct-acting antiviral agents is suggested. Studies are under way to address whether sustained viral response translates into better survival in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-370
JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Antiviral agents
  • chronic kidney failure
  • dialysis
  • hepatitis C
  • renal dialysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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