DOCTOR'S VIEWS ARCHIVE
Topic: Hepatitis C, June 2000
I have had patients who I considered as having
relapses after treatment with the Interferon, what in your
view constitutes a relapse?
Dr. Edward Block:
goal of treatment in Hepatitis C is to eradicate the virus upon completion
of treatment. Eradication of the Hepatitis C virus is defined as
disappearance of Hepatitis C RNA (HCV RNA)
test from the blood. Unfortunately, in
some patients, this virus can be detectable again in the blood six months
or later following treatment. These patients are referred to as relapsers.
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