Treatment controversies in HIV-HCV coinfection: Normal transaminases, therapeutic rescue and cirrhosis

Ángel L. Ballesteros, Daniel Fuster, Guillem Sirera, Cristina Tural, Bonaventura Clotet

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Abstract

The morbidity and mortality of Chronic Hepatitis C in HIV patients highlights the importance of active strategies of treatment. The improvement of risk-benefit balance may widen the indications of new anti-HCV therapies. Differences in the progression of the liver damage as well as its proper evaluation in HIV-HCV co-infection are still under investigation, making some therapeutical decisions controversial. For instance, whether or not patients with normal ALT levels must be treated depends on the real liver histology. Re-treatment after previous IFN failure must be advised if more potential virological efficacy with new Peg-IFN regimens still remains, but a possible histological benefit should also be considered. Finally, in non-decompensated cirrhosis, Peg-IFN plus Ribavirin represent nowadays the only alternative to a future liver trasplantation, although we must be cautious with more therapy related toxicity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-89
JournalEnfermedades Emergentes
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Co-infection
  • Hepatic cirrhosis
  • HIV-HCV
  • Normal ALT levels
  • Peg-IFN and Ribavicin
  • Therapeutic rescue

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