Response to antiviral therapy in patients with genotype 3 chronic hepatitis C: fibrosis but not race encourages relapse

Dania Shoeb, Ian A Rowe, Dennis Freshwater, David Mutimer, Ashley Brown, Sulleman Moreea, Ruchit Sood, Richard Marley, Caroline A Sabin, Graham R Foster

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We completed a retrospective analysis of patients with genotype 3 hepatitis C virus (HCV) undergoing therapy in four UK centres with large populations of patients from the Indian subcontinent.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Notes on all patients treated with pegylated interferon and ribavirin were reviewed and factors that influenced the response were examined.

RESULTS: Six hundred and four patients with genotype 3 HCV were studied, of whom 299 were Asians. Median age was 43 years, 65% were men and 24% had cirrhosis. Overall, 457 (76%) patients achieved sustained virological response (SVR). By multivariable analysis it was found that ethnicity was not associated with an impaired response but age, cirrhosis and diabetes were significantly associated with a reduced SVR, the likelihood of a response was reduced by 25% per 10-year increment in age, by 59% among individuals with cirrhosis and by 62% among individuals with diabetes mellitus. Most patients who did not achieve an SVR relapsed (15%) rather than failing to achieve an end of treatment response.

CONCLUSION: The response to antiviral therapy in genotype 3 HCV is not affected by South Asian (vs. Caucasian) ethnicity, but age, cirrhosis and diabetes reduce the response. Treatment failure most often is due to relapse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-53
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antiviral Agents
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group
  • Child
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Hepacivirus
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic
  • Humans
  • Interferon-alpha
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polyethylene Glycols
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Ribavirin
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


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