HCV Guidelines

The AASLD-IDSA Recommendations for Hepatitis C Virus have been published (Hepatology 2015; 62: 932-954).  The entire report is accessible from hcvguidelines.org and from the link: HCV Guidance 2015. While having a hard copy is easy to work with, the HCVguidelines website is likely to remain more up-to-date.

A few recommendations to highlight:

  • #6. “Antiviral treatment is recommended for all patients with chronic HCV infection, except those with limited life expectancy due to nonhepatic causes (I-A)
  • #7. “If resources limit the ability to treat all infected patients immediately as recommended, then it is most appropriate to treat those at greatest risk of disease complications” (see Tables 3 and 4)
  • #8. “Use of noninvasive testing or liver biopsy is recommended in order to assess the degree of hepatic fibrosis and, hence, the urgency of immediate treatment. (I-A)”

Other Hepatology studies of interest, briefly noted:

Hepatology 2015; 62: 684-93.  Nucleos(t)ide analog “treatment does not increase the risk of renal and bone events in general.  Nucleotide analogs may increase the risk of hip fractures, but the overall event rate is low.”  This study examined 46,454 untreated chronic hepatitis B patients in comparison to 7,046 treated patients.

Hepatology 2015; 62: 715-25. This study looked at the safety of simeprevir and sofosbuvir in hepatitis C-infected patients.  “Adverse safety outcomes were similar to matched untreated controls, suggesting that safety events reflect the natural history of cirrhosis and are not related to treatment.”

Hepatology 2015; 62: 773-83. This study found that “NAFLD is independently associated with subclinical myocardial remodeling and dysfunction.”

Bruce Munro, Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Bruce Munro, Atlanta Botanical Gardens