Treatment of chronic hepatitis

Louis Lambiase, G. L. Davis

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Abstract

Chronic hepatitis is an etiologically diverse syndrome. The approach to treatment depends on the cause of the disease. The efficacy of immunosuppressive treatment of chronic autoimmune hepatitis has long been established, and most patients with this disease can be treated successfully with prednisone and azathioprine. Interferon therapy has revolutionized the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis. Although the response in chronic hepatitis delta is disappointing, hepatitis C is often controlled, and certain patients with chronic hepatitis B may actually be cured of the disease. Future studies will seek to optimize the therapeutic effects of interferon in these viral diseases. Certainly, studies with other antiviral agents and biologic response modifiers are forthcoming. We have entered a new era in the treatment of chronic liver disease. It is reasonable to hope and expect that progress will continue and that most forms of chronic viral hepatitis will become curable within the next several years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-677
Number of pages19
JournalGastroenterology Clinics of North America
Volume21
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Chronic Hepatitis
Interferons
Chronic Hepatitis D
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Chronic Hepatitis B
Azathioprine
Therapeutic Uses
Virus Diseases
Therapeutics
Immunosuppressive Agents
Hepatitis C
Prednisone
Antiviral Agents
Liver Diseases
Chronic Disease

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology

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Treatment of chronic hepatitis. / Lambiase, Louis; Davis, G. L.

In: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, Vol. 21, No. 3, 01.01.1992, p. 659-677.

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Lambiase, Louis ; Davis, G. L. / Treatment of chronic hepatitis. In: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America. 1992 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 659-677.
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