Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir combination for chronic hepatitis C infection in children and adolescents

Jesús Quintero, Javier Juampérez, Ecaterina Julio, Vanessa Cabello, Maria Mercadal-Hally, Pere Soler-Palacín, Óscar Segarra, Carlos Rodrigo

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© 2018 Asociación Española de Pediatría Introduction: Hepatitis C virus infection is world health problem. The aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir combination in chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) genotype 1 and 4 infection in paediatric patients. Methods: Eligible patients to be treated with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir were patients from 6 to 18 years old with a chronic HCV genotype 1 or 4 infection. The duration and doses of antiviral drugs were changed depending on patient age, fibrosis stage, and PEGylated interferon + ribavirin experience status. The primary efficacy endpoint was the percentage of patients with a sustained virological response 12 weeks post-treatment. Results: A total of nine patients (7 males) with a median age of 14.8 years (8.48-17.91) were treated with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir combination. Five patients received previous treatment with PEGylated interferon + ribavirin during a median of 8.5 months (3-12 months). Eight patients had some degree of fibrosis (1 patient presented with F1, three patients F2, 2 patients F3, and 2 patients F4). The median pre-treatment viral load was 6.2 Log [5.9-6.8] with the HCV RNA becoming negative six weeks after starting the treatment in 100% of the patients. All patients maintained a sustained viral response at 12 weeks. Three patients (33.3%) had some type of adverse effect (2 headache and one oral thrush). The median post-treatment follow-up was 24 weeks (12-104). Conclusions: Treatment with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir in paediatric patients with chronic HCV infection genotype 1 and 4 is safe and effective with SVR12 and similar to those reported in adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
JournalAnales de Pediatria
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • Chronic hepatitis C infection
  • Direct-acting antivirals
  • Sustained viral response


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