Antiviral Therapy in Decompensated Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Cirrhosis
Outcome of Decompensated Hepatitis C Virus-Related Cirrhotic Patients Treated With Peginterferon Alfa-2b and Ribavirin: Results of a Controlled Study
  • Phase

    Phase 2/Phase 3
  • Study Type

  • Status

    Completed No Results Posted
  • Study Participants

To evaluate:

the impact of combined antiviral therapy (Peginterferon plus ribavirin) on natural history of patients affected with HCV decompensated cirrhosis, after sustained virological response. A controlled study.
safety and efficacy of antiviral therapy in this population by using a statistically significally number of patients as controls.
Decompensated HCV cirrhosis is a relevant problem as its clinical evidences predisposes to an high mortality risk, with a survival rate of 50% at 5 years (1,2). Davis et. al processed a mathematical model of the natural history of chronic hepatitis C and projected the total number of cases with cirrhosis increased by more than 50% by 2010 and then plateaued (3). As a result, there will be a dramatic increase in the number of cases with complications of liver failure and decompensated events of cirrhosis will increase to 25% in 2010, 32% in 2020, 36% in 2030, and 38% in 2040 (3, table 1).Liver transplantation is the treatment of choice but the limited number of organ donor makes not realizable for the major of patients. Furthermore, age over 65 years correlated disease is not accepted to enter into the list of liver transplant. To prevent these patients from worsening their liver disease has positive economic implications in terms of health care resources used as diagnostic tests, clinic visits, drug therapy, hospitalization for management of complications, and later on, liver transplantation, and indirect costs related to lost work time and impaired quality of life. our controlled study on antiviral treatment of decompensated cirrhotics has shown that HCV clearance by therapy can be life-saving, improves hepatic function, and reduces disease progression. Treatment should be encouraged in CTP classes A and B, and especially in patients infected by genotype 2. The benefit of treating patients with genotype 1 remains unproven.
Study Started
Jan 31
Study Completion
Dec 31
Last Update
Mar 13

Drug peginterferon and ribavirin


Inclusion Criteria: HCV cirrhotics admitted to hospital for a decompensated event, such as ascites, variceal bleeding, and hepatic encephalopathy -

Exclusion Criteria: rapid deterioration of liver and/or renal function, detection of hepatocarcinoma, infection with HIV or HBV viruses, current alcohol or drug abuse, chronic invalidating disease, bacterial infections, platelets <35,000 cells/μL, neutrophils <1,000 cells/μL, haemoglobin level <10 g/dL, total bilirubin >3 mg/dL, and serum creatinine >2.0 mg/dL.

No Results Posted