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The influence of host factors on the natural history of chronic hepatitis C viral infections.

Authors
  • Minuk, G Y
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of viral hepatitis
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1999
Volume
6
Issue
4
Pages
271–276
Identifiers
PMID: 10607241
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The natural history of hepatitis C is variable, with some patients progressing rapidly to cirrhosis and others showing no significant fibrosis over many decades. A number of studies have examined the factors that influence disease progression. Age at time of infection, gender, alcohol abuse and, perhaps, route of transmission, appear to have the greatest influence on the natural history of the hepatitis C virus with the possible exception of alcohol, the mechanism whereby these factors influence disease progression has yet to be determined.

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