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How do you read lab results?
Oct 17, 2010

Please explain these test results: HCV RNA level 4.76 LogIU/ml (norm <0.7) or 57100 IU/ml (norm <5). Previously, it was 6.53. There is less than a 2 log decrease--sustaned response low.

Response from Dr. McGovern

You are absolutely correct that there was less than a 2 log drop (6.5-4.7)....

You are also right that the chance of curing HCV with less than a 2 log drop at 12 weeks is low.

However, new therapies for HCV are expected to be going to the FDA in Spring of 2011 which will be combined with interferon and ribavirin for higher overall response rates...HCV treatment will be much more successful very soon....

one year after baraclude

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