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Viral hepatitis C.
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PMID:  10825999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Identification of a cDNA clone and the genome of hepatitis C virus in 1988-1989 allowed the development of clinical tests that are now used to detect and quantify hepatitis C virus. This has largely eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis C virus infection; however, the overall incidence of chronic hepatitis C and its complications has greatly increased because of its transmission by other means, lack of a protective vaccine, and inadequate virucidal therapy. Drug abuse is the most common cause of hepatitis C; an etiologic mechanism, however, remains unknown in one third of patients referred to the New Jersey Medical School Liver Center. Response to treatment depends on the viral subtype, immune reactivity of the host, and hepatic pathologic alterations. Many patients with hepatitis C improve or are cured by administering an interferon with or without ribavirin; patients refractory to these measures exhibit persistent elevation of serum cytokines and progressive liver disease. New measures, including protease inhibitors and adjunct immunotherapy, should increase effectiveness of therapy, diminishing hepatitis C virus-induced cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer. Populations, including the underserved, who harbor and transmit hepatitis C virus require special assistance. This is best achieved by community support groups organized through medical schools, physician associations, and churches to help prevent, detect, and treat chronic hepatitis C.
C B Leevy; K G Zierer; C M Leevy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Association for Academic Minority Physicians : the official publication of the Association for Academic Minority Physicians     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1048-9886     ISO Abbreviation:  J Assoc Acad Minor Phys     Publication Date:  1998  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-08     Completed Date:  2000-06-08     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9113765     Medline TA:  J Assoc Acad Minor Phys     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  59-64     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School Liver Center, Newark 07103, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications
Genetic Variation
Hepacivirus / genetics,  immunology
Hepatitis C* / diagnosis,  genetics,  therapy
Interferons / therapeutic use
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