Treatment of Hepatitis C in Children


Purpose of Review

The aim of this study is to summarize the state of treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in children.

Recent Findings

The 100 articles on HCV in children from 2011 to 2016 contained only one report of a trial with direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs) and none of these agents are yet FDA-approved for children. Thus, we will focus on issues critical to the understanding of the problem of HCV in the pediatric age group including global epidemiology and natural history, as well as results of treatment with the only agents currently FDA-approved for pediatric use: pegylated interferon alpha 2a or 2b plus ribavirin. In addition, the pediatric trials with DAAs in progress will be described.


Standard therapy is indicated for some children with HCV but the majority should await approval of DAAs. An algorithm for management and treatment of subjects <18 years of age at the present time is provided.

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Kathleen B. Schwarz reports grants from Gilead, grants from Roche/Genentech, and personal fees from Up to Date, outside the submitted work.

Wikrom Karnsakul has had a relationship with Gilead as a sponsor for an Open-Label, Multicenter, Multi-cohort, Single-Arm Study to Investigate the Safety and Efficacy of Sofosbuvir + Ribavirin in Adolescents and Children with Genotype 2 or 3 Chronic HCV Infection and a Phase 2, Open-Label, Multicenter, Multi-cohort Study to Investigate the Safety and Efficacy of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir Fixed Dose Combination in Adolescents and Children with Chronic HCV-Infection and a Long Term Follow-up Registry for Adolescent and Pediatric Subjects Who Received a Gilead Hepatitis C Virus Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) in Chronic Hepatitis C Infection Trials.

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Schwarz, K.B., Karnsakul, W. Treatment of Hepatitis C in Children. Curr Hepatology Rep 16, 18–25 (2017).

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  • Hepatitis C
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Pediatric liver disease
  • Direct acting antivirals
  • Pegylated interferon and ribavirin
  • Epidemiology of HCV in children