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Hepatitis C virus: its prevalence, implications and management

An estimated 200,000 people are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in England (Department of Health, 2002). Approximately 20 per cent of patients with chronic hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis within 20 years (Lawrence, 2000) and hepatitis C cirrhosis is now the leading reason for liver transplantation in the UK and the USA (Poynard, 2002). To optimise the clinical management of patients with hepatitis C, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has just published updated ...

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