Veteranclaims’s Blog

April 2, 2011

Veterans with Hepatitis C, Researchers Find 19-Fold Increase in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Full article at: Cirrhosis and HCC Have Risen Dramatically in Hepatitis C Patients

By: MARY ANN MOON, Internal Medicine News Digital Network
04/01/11
FROM GASTROENTEROLOGY

“The burden of cirrhosis, hepatic decompensation, and hepatocellular carcinoma has risen dramatically during the past decade among patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, Dr. Fasiha Kanwal and her colleagues reported in the April issue of Gastroenterology.

In a large retrospective cohort study of more than 300,000 patients at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers across the country, the prevalence of cirrhosis and hepatic decompensation doubled – and that of hepatocellular carcinoma increased 19-fold – between 1996 and 2006.”

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