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KIDS RESPOND TO THE SAME TREATMENT FOR HEPATITIS C AS ADULTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Hepatitis C is one of a family of viral infections attacking the liver, with sometimes devastating consequences, including cirrhosis and liver failure.  Now a Johns Hopkins study led by Kathleen Schwartz, a pediatric gastroenterologist, has established the best treatment strategy for hepatitis C infection in children.

SCHWARTZ: The study that we just published demonstrates pretty conclusively that the combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin is necessary to achieve the very best results in children with hepatitis C.  By far the most common way that children get hepatitis C is via their mothers during the birth process.  About 95% of women who get hepatitis C and who give birth do not pass the virus to the offspring but unfortunately about 5% do.   :33

Worldwide, tens of thousands of children are infected with hepatitis C annually.   At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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