Regression of liver fibrosis over a 24-week period after completing direct-acting antiviral therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C receiving care within the national hepatitis C elimination program in Georgia: results of hepatology clinic HEPA exper

2017 European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 29;11 (1223-1230)

OBJECTIVE: We assessed the impact of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy on liver fibrosis regression measured by transient elastography (TE) in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was carried out in HCV monoinfected patients with advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis receiving interferon (IFN)-containing or IFN-free DAA therapy. Liver stiffness (LS) score more than 14.5 kPa indicated LS-defined cirrhosis. The primary outcome was improvement in liver stiffness measurement (LSM) at week 24 after treatment measured as (a) decrease in the median LS compared with baseline and (b) at least a 20% decrease in LSM compared with baseline. A multivariate logistic regression model was utilized to identify the factors associated with at least a 20% improvement in LSM. RESULTS: Of a total of 304 patients, 172 (56.6%) had LS-defined cirrhosis before treatment. LSM decreased from the baseline median value of 16.9 (interquartile range: 11.8-27.7) kPa to a post-treatment week 24 score of 11.9 (interquartile range: 8.2-20.9) kPa (P