Significance of blood analysis in hemophiliacs co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis viruses

Fang Shen, Qin Huang, Hong-Qing Sun, Reena Ghildyal

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Abstract

AIM: To study the effect of hepatitis virus infection on cirrhosis and liver function markers in HIV-infected hemophiliacs. METHODS: We have analyzed the immunological, liver function and cirrhosis markers in a cohort of hemophiliacs co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis viruses. RESULTS: There was no difference in immunological markers among co-infected patients and patients infected with HIV only and those co-infected with one or more hepatitis virus. Although liver function and cirrhosis markers remained within a normal range, there was a worsening trend in all patients co-infected with hepatitis virus C (HCV), which was further exacerbated in the presence of additional infection with hepatitis virus B (HBV). CONCLUSION: Co-infection with HIV, HBV and HCV leads to worsening of hyaluronic acid and liver function markers. Increases in serum hyaluronic acid may be suggestive of a predisposition to liver diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1862 - 1866
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume13
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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