Journal Article

Rate of Infectious Complications during Interferon-Based Therapy for Hepatitis C Is Not Related to Neutropenia

Curtis L. Cooper, Saif Al-Bedwawi, Craig Lee and Gary Garber

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 42, issue 12, pages 1674-1678
Published in print June 2006 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2006 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/504386
Rate of Infectious Complications during Interferon-Based Therapy for Hepatitis C Is Not Related to Neutropenia

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The relationship between infectious complications and neutropenia was evaluated in recipients of interferon-based therapy for hepatitis C followed at The Ottawa Hospital Viral Hepatitis Clinic from June 2000 to May 2005. One hundred ninety-two patients received 211 courses of therapy (5707 person-weeks of therapy). No patients received granulocyte colony-stimulating factor. Sixty-seven infectious complications occurred in 57 patients (1.17 infections per 100 person-weeks of therapy). The median time to infection was 17 weeks after the start of therapy. Age, sex, weight, race, human immunodeficiency virus status, stage and grade of biopsy, and type of interferon were not correlated with infection rate by Cox regression analysis. The rates of total, fungal, viral, and bacterial infections did not correlate with nadir neutrophil count or magnitude of decrease from baseline. Neutrophil count is not correlated with infection rate in recipients of interferon-based therapy for hepatitis C. Reduction in interferon dose and/or dosing with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in those with neutropenia is not supported by this analysis.

Journal Article.  3282 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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