Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 230-235

Managing HCV infection in pediatric age group: Suggested recommendations

1 Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road, Bridgend, CF31 1RQ, United Kingdom
2 Department of Medicine (Unit-I), Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad, Pakistan
3 Department of Pediatrics, Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
4 Foundation University Medical College (FUMC), Rawalpindi, Pakistan
5 Department of Surgery, Shifa Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan

Correspondence Address:
Fazal A Danish
Gastroenterology, Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road, Bridgend, CF31 1RQ
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.65182

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in children is different from the adult infection in many ways, like natural course of the disease; duration, therapeutic response and side effects profile of the drug therapy; and prognosis. Special considerations include consideration on what could be the appropriate time to investigate a suspected child, when to institute drug therapy and how to prevent vertical transmission. Although over the past one decade many landmark studies have greatly increased our insight on this subject, yet we are far from developing a consensus statement. In this article, a concise yet comprehensive review of HCV infection in children - diagnosis and treatment - is given, followed by suggested recommendations at the end. It is hoped that these recommendations will help develop local guidelines on this subject.

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