Hepatitis C Virus Infection Contributes to Gallstone Formation
Bile duct damage and hepatic steatosis are two characteristic histological findings in hepatitis C virus infection, and high prevalence of hepatitis C antibody is noted in patients with cholangiocarcinoma. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between biliary diseases and hepatitis C virus infection.
Persons who received a general checkup in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital between 2000 and 2002 were included. All had hemogram, serum biochemistry, hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody and ultrasonography studies.
The prevalence of gallbladder stone, bile duct stone and gallbladder polyp/cholesterolosis were compared in different viral infection groups.
Liver Research Unit, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
T S Chang and others. Hepatitis C virus infection facilitates gallstone
formation. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 9:1416-1421.
September 20, 2005.
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