KDOQI US Commentary on the 2018 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention, Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Hepatitis C

David Roth, Roy D. Bloom, Miklos Z. Molnar, Peter P. Reese, Deirdre Sawinski, Meghan E. Sise, Norah A. Terrault

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Abstract

The first KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes) guideline for the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was published in 2008. The ensuing decade bore witness to remarkable advances in the treatment of HCV infection following the approval of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents that deliver cure rates routinely >95%. In this context, the KDIGO organization correctly recognized the need for an updated HCV guideline that would be relevant to the treatment of HCV-infected patients with kidney disease in the DAA era. The current NKF-KDOQI (National Kidney Foundation–Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative) commentary provides an in-depth review and perspective on the 2018 KDIGO guideline. Of note, the KDIGO work group made significant updates to guideline chapters 2 and 4 as a direct result of the availability of DAAs. The intent of this commentary is to provide useful interpretation for nephrologists and other practitioners caring for HCV-infected patients with chronic kidney disease, including dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients. The availability of DAA agents that are safe and highly effective has created new opportunities, such as the transplantation of kidneys from HCV-infected kidney donors. The ability to treat HCV infection in patients with kidney disease will have a significant impact on the care of our patients and should favorably influence long-term outcomes as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-683
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Volume75
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • HCV transmission
  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV)
  • antiviral therapy
  • best practices
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • clinical practice guideline
  • contamination
  • dialysis
  • direct-acting antiviral (DAA)
  • end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • hepatology
  • immunoassay
  • infection control
  • kidney function
  • liver fibrosis
  • nephrology
  • nucleic acid testing (NAT)
  • renal transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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