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Hepatitis C virus in children: the global picture
  1. Etienne Sokal,
  2. Pilar Nannini
  1. Université Catholique de Louvain, Cliniques Universitaires St Luc, Service de Gastroentérologie et Hépatologie Pédiatrique Brussels, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Professor Etienne Sokal, Université Catholique de Louvain, Cliniques. Universitaires St Luc, Service de Gastroentérologie et Hépatologie Pédiatrique, Avenue Hippocrate 10, Brussels 1200, Belgium; etienne.sokal{at}


Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and end-stage liver disease. One hundred thirty million to 150 million people have chronic HCV infection, among them 11 million are younger than 15 years of age. This review summarises the epidemiology and characteristics of HCV infection in children, and highlights the role of the new upcoming therapies in HCV-related liver complications.

  • hepatology
  • hepatitis C
  • infectious diseases
  • paediatric practice
  • therapeutics

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  • Contributors PN wrote the manuscript under supervision and guidance of ES.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.