International Medical Journal, Vol. 19., Iss. 4, 2013, P. 69−72.
CLINICAL AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL FEATURES OF CHRONIC HEPATITIS C AT PRESENT
Kharkiv National Medical University
The findings of investigation of the epidemiological features and clinical presentation of chronic hepatitis C are reported by the example of 206 patients treated at Kharkiv Regional Clinical Hospital for Infectious Diseases within the period of 2007−2011. General clinical and traditional statistical methods were used. It is shown that most vulnerable for HCV infection and development of chronic disease is a socially active group of persons aged 24−45, men prevailed women 2.5 times. It was established that the major risk factors of HCV infection were drug use (24.27 %), surgery or blood transfusion (22.32 %), tattoo or body piercing (10.2%) and contact with extraneous blood (7.77 %). Manifestations of hepatomegalic (100 %) , asthenovegetative (75.24 %) and dyspeptic (69.9 %) syndromes prevailed in the clinical picture of chronic hepatitis C. The obtained information should be considered when treating this group of patients.
Key words: chronic hepatitis C, HCV infection, epidemiology, clinical picture.