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Medical News & Perspectives
June 23 2010

Scant Attention to Pediatric Hepatitis C Means Most Children Are Left Behind

JAMA. 2010;303(24):2455-2456. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.830

The great unknown in pediatric hepatitis C infection is what course the disease will take as patients mature from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood. Some will spontaneously clear the infection, while others eventually may develop liver cancer. But researchers find it difficult, if not impossible, to arrive at any conclusions about disease progression because so few children infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) are identified early in their lives.

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