Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Hepatitis C in Pakistan 2017

Muhammad Umar, Hamama-tul-Bushra Khaar, Tayyab Saeed Akhter, Faiza Aslam, Syed Irfan Ahmad, Rai Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Khurram, Tassawar Hussain, Amjad Salamat, Anwar A. Khan, Fazal e Hadi, Zahid Mahmood Minhas, Hasnain Ali Shah, Javed Farooqui, Asif Abbas Naqvi, Aftab Mohsin, Waseem ud Din, Sibt ul Hasnain Syed, Saleem Qureshi, Tashfeen Adam, Moazzam Uddin, Ghias-u-Nabi Tayyab, Najeeb ul Haq, Atifa Shoaib, Saima Ambreen, Arsalan Shahzad, Nadeem Ikram, Gul Nisar, Muhammad Mujeeb Khan, Muhammad Osama

Abstract


Aims and Objectives:
Since the advent of direct acting antiviral agents, there is a revolutionary change in the management of HCV
infection. Newer drugs with different mechanism of action are being introduced and are expected to be available in
coming few months in Pakistan as well. The main purpose of the guideline is to review and induct the latest research
in field of HCV infection in Pakistani perspective so that our healthcare professionals can apply the new
recommendations in timely and judicial manner.
Target groups of guidelines are general physicians treating hepatitis C, hepatologists and
gastroenterologists. Other beneficiaries of these guidelines are public health institutions of Pakistan, which provide
free treatment to deserving patients under National Hepatitis Prevention and Control Program and Pakistan Bait-ul-
Mal Program.
Methodology:
These guidelines are based on the review of National consensus practice guidelines: Diagnosis, Management and
Prevention of Hepatitis C Pakistan 2009. Published data in National and International Journals searched with the
help of Google search and pub med, and 2015–16 guidelines of HCV by AASLD, EASL, APASL and WHO.
Local studies are preferably added with references to enhance the Pakistani perspective. Evidence was also
taken from published studies. Recommendations have been based upon evidence from national publications on the
subject and scientific presentations at national liver meeting as well from experts’ personal experience and opinion


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