99mTc-GSA SPECT analysis was clinically useful to evaluate the effect of interferon in a patient with interferon non-responsive chronic hepatitis C
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We describe a 62-year-old woman with advanced chronic hepatitis C who showed no response to low-dose long-term interferon-beta monotherapy (3 MU, three times a week). The interferon monotherapy was continued for 2 years and 9 months. Despite this lack of response to interferon, the patient’s clinical course was good and liver function assessed by 99mTc-galactosyl human serum albumin single photon emission computed tomography (99mTc-GSA SPECT) analysis improved significantly. Improvement of the data obtained by 99mTc-GSA SPECT analysis justified continuation of the treatment. 99mTc-GSA SPECT analysis was clinically useful to evaluate the effect of interferon in a patient with interferon non-responsive chronic hepatitis C, despite a lack of reduction of the ALT level and HCV-RNA titer.
KeywordsChronic hepatitis C Interferon non-responder 99mTc-GSA SPECT
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