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January 1996

Hepatitis C: A Clinical Update

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento.

Arch Surg. 1996;131(1):18-23. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1996.01430130020004

Hepatitis C virus is now known to be the causative agent for at least 90% of non-A, non-B hepatitis cases. In the few years since its characterization, much has been learned about this virus and the scope of its disease. It now appears that close to 100% of infections may become chronic, with delayed but potentially devastating consequences. The treatment options for hepatitis C remain limited and less than satisfactory. A vaccine seems to be a distant goal, but other strategies for treatment may be closer. For now, the best option remains prevention. (Arch Surg. 1996;131:18-23)

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