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Multicenter Study
, 19 (1), 45-50

Clinical and Epidemiological Characteristics of Korean Patients With Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 6

Multicenter Study

Clinical and Epidemiological Characteristics of Korean Patients With Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 6

Mun Hyuk Seong et al. Clin Mol Hepatol.


Background/aims: The distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes varies geographically. In Korea, genotypes 1 and 2 comprise more than 90% of HCV infections, while genotype 6 is very rare. This study compared the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of patients with genotype 6 HCV infection with those infected with HCV genotypes 1 and 2.

Methods: This was a prospective, multicenter HCV cohort study that enrolled 1,173 adult patients, of which 930 underwent HCV genotype analysis, and only 9 (1.0%) were found to be infected with genotype 6 HCV. The clinical and epidemiological parameters of the genotypes were compared.

Results: The patients with genotype 6 HCV had a mean age of 41.5 years, 77.8% were male, and they had no distinct laboratory features. A sustained virologic response (SVR) was observed in four (67%) of six patients who received antiviral therapy. Risk factors such as the presence of a tattoo (n=6, 66.7%), more than three sexual partners (n=3, 33.3%), and injection drug use (n=3, 33.3%) were more common among genotype 6 patients than among genotypes 1 or 2.

Conclusions: The epidemiology and treatment response of patients infected with genotype 6 HCV differed significantly from those with genotypes 1 or 2, warranting continuous monitoring.

Keywords: Epidemiology; Genotype; HCV; Korea; Treatment.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors have no conflicts to disclose.

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