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future outlook on HCV
Sep 28, 2004

In infants who contract HCV at birth, what is their estimated lifespan and when would they start developing liver damage? Is there hope that in the next 20 years there will be a "cure" or something that slows the liver damage down enough that no one will die from it anymore? They have come so far with technology and medicines/cures.... I just wanted your opinion on what the future holds for children with it. Thanks!

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Children with HCV are usually OK for about 15 years. We often consider treating them after they reach puberty. There are rare cases where it is more severe in kids but they are indeed rare. We can cure HCV right now, there is no reason to wait. Peg interferon and ribavirin do the trick in about 60% of patients. In the future there will be more drugs, but the mainstay will be those two for the next 7-9 years at least. DTD



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