Hepatitis C Virus Infection Is Systemic: Meeting Additional Goals
Journal of Infect Dis August 1, 2015 V.212 N.3 P.343-344
Rushabh Modi and Sammy Saab
1Department of Medicine
2Department of Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles
Correspondence: Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, Pfleger Liver Institute, UCLA Medical Center, 200 Medical Plz, Ste 214, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health concern in the United States.
HCV infection is the leading cause of cirrhosis and the most common indication for liver transplantation. There is growing appreciation that HCV infection is a systemic infection and does not only cause liver disease.
For instance, health-related quality of life (HRQL) may be notably diminished, even in the absence of overt complications of liver dysfunction.
Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) represent a systematic attempt to quantify the subjective experience of illness. Self-perceptions of health predict mortality and morbidity, as well as enhance the patient-provider relationship …..
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