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Editor's Correspondence
November 25, 2002

Can Changing Counseling Strategy Change the Picture of the Chronic Hepatitis C Patient Population?

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(21):2497. doi:

We read with great interest the article by Wang et al1 regarding the effects of smoking on the biochemical picture of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and its implications for preventing disease progression. In their study, Wang and colleagues clearly showed that smoking in anti-HCV–positive subjects is independently associated with elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels.