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Expert opinion on managing chronic HCV in patients with neuropsychiatric manifestations

Daniel Forton, Karin Weissenborn, Mark Bondin, Patrice Cacoub

Corresponding author name: Patrice Cacoub
Corresponding author e-mail: patrice.cacoub@aphp.fr

Citation: Antiviral Therapy 2018; 23 Suppl 2: 47-55
doi: 10.3851/IMP3245

Date accepted: 21 June 2018
Date published online: 19 November 2018

Abstract

Neurological manifestations of HCV infection appear to be under-recognized in clinical practice despite the majority of HCV-infected patients experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, depression and cognitive dysfunction. There is also growing evidence for a link between HCV infection and an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. The mechanism underpinning the association between HCV and these neuropsychiatric syndromes still requires further investigation. Here we review the pre-clinical and clinical evidence for a link between HCV and effects on the central nervous system leading to neuropsychiatric syndromes. Lastly, we describe how improvements in neuropsychiatric manifestations of HCV following treatment have been observed, which is subsequently reflected in an overall improvement in health-related quality of life.

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