Hepatitis C therapy with long term remission after renal transplantation

S. Bunnapradist, F. Fabrizi, J. Vierling, P. Martin, A. Moudgil, E. Kamil, S. Jordan

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Abstract

Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) is common in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and long observation periods have shown the detrimental effect of HCV infection on patient and graft survival after renal transplantation. At present, interferon is the most important agent for the treatment of hepatitis C in ESRD; however, limited information exists concerning the long-term response of patients who undergo renal transplantation after successful antiviral therapy. We describe the evolution of HCV infection in a dialysis patient with hepatitis C who was successfully treated with interferon alpha and then underwent renal transplantation. He received aggressive immunosuppression during the induction phase and for allograft rejection; however, regular screening showed complete absence of biochemical and virological relapse of HCV over a 6-year post-transplantation period. We conclude that interferon can offer excellent response in selected dialysis patients with hepatitis C. Alternative strategies with newer antiviral agents are currently under active investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1189-1193
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
Volume25
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hepatitis C
  • Interferon
  • Renal transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics

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    Bunnapradist, S., Fabrizi, F., Vierling, J., Martin, P., Moudgil, A., Kamil, E., & Jordan, S. (2002). Hepatitis C therapy with long term remission after renal transplantation. International Journal of Artificial Organs, 25(12), 1189-1193. https://doi.org/10.1177/039139880202501211