What is the role of growth factors in the treatment of hepatitis C (hep C) infection?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Growth factors, such as granulocyte-stimulating factor (GSF) and erythropoietin, are frequently used to counteract the adverse hematologic effects of IFN and ribavirin, respectively. Despite the encouraging early results reported by Afdhal et al [93] and Van Thiel et al, [94] the cost-effectiveness data supporting the routine use of these agents as a means of avoiding IFN and ribavirin dose reductions are insufficient.


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