Scope of worldwide hepatitis C problem

Robert S. Brown, Paul J. Gaglio

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Abstract

Key Points: 1. Hepatitis C is a global health problem affecting over 170 million people worldwide. 2. There is wide geographic variation in both prevalence and genotype distribution of hepatitis C virus on a global level. 3. Most hepatitis C virus is spread parenterally, either through intravenous drug use or, in lesser-developed countries, through blood contamination during medical procedures. 4. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of end-stage liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. 5. Despite a declining incidence of new infections, the burden of disease, both in terms of mortality and in terms of cost, is expected to increase over the next decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S10-S13
JournalLiver Transplantation
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology
  • Transplantation

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