EASL 2015: Statin use in HCV patients may lower risk of death, decompensation

VIENNA — Statin use in patients with hepatitis C virus and compensated cirrhosis seems to offer a protective effect against death and decompensation, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Liver Congress.

 “In compensated HCV cirrhosis, statin users have a significantly lower incidence of decompensation and better overall survival compared to statin non-users,” Arpan Mohanty, MD, from Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., said during her presentation. “Risk of decompensation and death was reduced by over 40%.”

In this retrospective cohort study, Mohanty and colleagues used the U.S. Department of Veterans HCV Clinical Case Registry, and by doing so, she said all patients would have had an equal opportunity to receive statins. 


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