HCV increases mortality among patients with CKD

Veterans with chronic kidney disease and hepatitis C virus infection were found to have an increased rate of mortality, risk of lower kidney function and incidence of loss of kidney function vs. veterans without the infection, according to new study data.

“Hepatitis C affects 4 million Americans [and] previous studies have not established unanimously whether hepatitis C is associated with the development and progression of chronic kidney disease,” Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD, director of the Clinical Outcomes and Clinical Trials Program at Memphis VA Medical Center in Tenn., told Healio.com/Hepatology. “[The study] examined the association of hepatitis C infection with mortality, with the development of new onset chronic kidney disease, with end stage renal disease and with the speed of loss of kidney function in over 1 million U.S. veterans. We found that hepatitis C infection was associated with a significantly increased risk of all these end points.”

Molnar MZ, et al. Hepatology. 2015;doi:10.1002/hep.27664.


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