Higher rate of sustained virologic response in chronic hepatitis C genotype 6 treated with 48 weeks versus 24 weeks of peginterferon plus ribavirin AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY Nguyen, M. H., Trinh, H. N., Garcia, R., Nguyen, G., Lam, K. D., Keeffe, E. B. 2008; 103 (5): 1131-1135


Infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 6 is common in patients from parts of China and Southeast Asia. No study to date has examined the treatment response to peginterferon and ribavirin (PEG IFN + RBV) in these patients, or the effects of treatment duration on sustained virologic response (SVR) rates.We performed a retrospective study of 190 consecutive Asian-American patients who were diagnosed with HCV genotype 6 at a gastroenterology clinic in northern California between 2001 and 2004, 66 of whom were treatment-naïve and subsequently completed 24 wk of IFN + RBV or PEG IFN + RBV or 48 wk of PEG IFN + RBV therapy. The primary outcome was SVR.There was no statistical difference in SVR of 31 patients treated with 24 wk of IFN + RBV and in 23 patients treated with 24 wk of PEG IFN + RBV (51.6%vs 39%, P= 0.363). The SVR in 12 patients treated with 48 wk of PEG IFN + RBV was significantly higher than that in those treated for only 24 wk (75%vs 39%, P= 0.044).Treatment-eligible patients with HCV genotype 6 should be treated with a full course of 48 wk as tolerated. Larger prospective studies of patients with HCV genotype 6 are needed to confirm the optimal treatment duration with PEG IFN + RBV.

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