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History of Hepatitis C in Volunteer Blood Donors

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00001982
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 10, 2002
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). Patients with hepatitis C may feel well and show no signs or symptoms of being ill. However, researchers would like to study the long-term effects of this disease.

Volunteer blood donors diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C viral (HCV) and various levels of liver enzyme activity will be offered a complete medical evaluation and liver biopsy. The tests will enable researchers to provide the patients with an idea of how severe their liver disease is. The virus and patient will be studied in order to understand why patients with hepatitis C develop different levels of liver damage.

Condition or disease
Hepatitis C

Detailed Description:
A selected sample of volunteer blood donors with chronic hepatitis C viral (HCV) infection and various levels of serum aminotransferase activity will be offered a complete medical evaluation and liver biopsy to determine the severity of their liver disease. Various virological and host factors will be studied in an attempt to determine why patients with HCV infection develop differing degrees of liver disease.

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Official Title: Natural History of Chronic Hepatitis C Among Volunteer Blood Donors
Study Start Date : June 1993
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 2000

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Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Age 18 to 70 years, male or female.

HCV infection indicated by the presence of anti-HCV (by ELISA and recombinant immunoblot assay [RIBA]).

Written informed consent.

Women must not be pregnant.

Patients must not have significant systemic illnesses other than liver disease, including congestive heart failure, renal failure, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.

Patients must not have antiviral or immunosuppressive therapy within the last 6 months.

Patients must not have HIV infection.

Patients must not have contraindications to liver biopsy (mainly clotting abnormality (coumadin therapy, platelet count less than 50,000/cubic millimeter, prothrombin time more than 4 seconds beyond control)).

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00001982

United States, Maryland
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00001982     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 930159
First Posted: December 10, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
Last Verified: May 1999

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Blood Donors
Hepatitis C
Liver Biopsy
Serum Aminotransferases

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections