Chronic HCV Linked to Higher CKD Risk

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Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD), with the extent of risk depending on viral load and genotype, reports a study in Kidney International.

The researchers analyzed data on 13,805 Taiwanese adults from a prospective, community-based cohort study. Mean age at enrollment was 47.5 years. Based on detectable HCV load, 431 patients had chronic HCV infection. Chronic HCV infection, viral load, and phenotype were evaluated for association with CKD, defined as consecutive proteinuria or an estimated glomerular filtration rate of less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m2.