The treatment of hepatitis C should include a pre-treatment baseline evaluation, consideration of drug-drug interactions, evaluation of treatment response during and after therapy, and monitoring for safety. A typical schedule for clinic visits related to a 12-week treatment course with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy would consist of a baseline visit just prior to starting therapy, a follow-up visit at week 4 of therapy, an end-of-treatment visit, and a post-treatment visit 12 weeks after completing therapy. For longer courses of treatment, such as a 24-week treatment course, most clinicians would add one or more on-treatment visits. Any patient with significant adverse effects or complications should be seen as needed. In addition, patients with cirrhosis or other complicating conditions may require more frequent follow-up.
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Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection
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Treatment of HCV Genotype 1Activities
- 1A.Core Concepts
- 1B.AASLD/IDSA Hepatitis C Guidance
- 1C.Initial Treatment of Chronic HCV Genotype 1
- 1D.Treatment of HCV Genotype 1 after Initial Treatment Failure
- 1E.Choices for Initial Treatment of Patients with Genotype 1a Chronic HCV
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- 2A.Core Concepts
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- 2C.EASL 2015 HCV Treatment Recommendations
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Treatment of HCV Genotype 3Activities
- 3A.Core Concepts
- 3B.VA Treatment Considerations
- 3C.Treatment of Chronic HCV Genotype 3
- 3D.Choices for Initial Treatment of Patients with HCV Genotype 3
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- 4A.Core Concepts
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Treatment of HCV Genotype 5 or 6
Lesson 6. Monitoring During and After Treatment
- List the recommended monitoring for treatment efficacy and safety in patients receiving hepatitis C therapy.
- Summarize appropriate monitoring for patients after treatment for hepatitis C.
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InstructionsTo complete this lesson you must work through all Lesson 6 Activities (listed below and on the left-hand navigation bar). After finishing the lesson activities, take the Lesson 6 Quiz. You can choose to obtain Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit at that point, but you must answer at least 80% of the questions correctly. After finishing the Lesson 6 Quiz, proceed to the next Lesson. After finishing all Module 5 lessons, you will be ready to take the Module 5 Self-Assessment.Last Updated: February 11th, 2017Table of Contents
Monitoring for Treatment Efficacy
Recommended Method for Monitoring of Treatment Efficacy: The optimal and standard approach to monitoring for treatment efficacy consists of repeated measurement of quantitative HCV RNA levels. Monitoring requires use of a highly sensitive quantitative HCV RNA assay, typically with a lower limit of quantification in the range of 12 to 25 IU/ml. In addition, to minimize interassay and interlaboratory variation, monitoring should utilize the same HCV RNA assay performed by the same laboratory. Three commercially available HCV RNA assays are widely used in the United States: Roche COBAS TaqMan Version 1.0, Roche COBAS TaqMan Version 2.0, and the Abbott RealTime HCV (ART) assay.[2,3,4,5,6] The following definitions related to HCV RNA assay results are used in clinical practice and in research studies (Figure 1):
- Lower Limit of Quantification (LLOQ): This is the lowest HCV RNA concentration that the assay can accurately quantify by the assay. If HCV RNA is not quantifiable, the result is either HCV RNA detected but below the LLOQ or HCV RNA not detected. Note that the lower limit of quantification is not the same as the lower limit of detection.
- Limit of Detection (LOD): This value is the concentration of HCV RNA detectable at a rate of at least 95%. The ability of the assay to detect HCV RNA gradually decreases as the actual amount of HCV RNA in the sample approaches 0 IU/mL. The result below the limit of detection is referred to as undetectable.
- Target Detected (TD): The HCV RNA is detected.
- Target Not Detected (TND): The HCV RNA is not detected.
Recommended Scheduled HCV RNA Monitoring: For patients receiving hepatitis C therapy, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and Infectious Diseases Society of America (AASLD/IDSA) guidance recommends obtaining a quantitative HCV RNA level at baseline, at 4 weeks after starting therapy, and at 12 weeks after completing therapy; in addition, providers may consider obtaining HCV RNA levels at the end of treatment and 24 weeks after completing therapy (Figure 2). The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Clinical Practice Guidelines recommends obtaining a week 2 HCV RNA level as an early evaluation of adherence.
Approach to Patients with Detectable HCV RNA at Treatment Week 4: The role of week 4 HCV RNA testing with the use of DAA-based therapy is not completely clear at this time. Phase 3 trials with direct-acting antivirals have demonstrated that nearly all non-cirrhotic patients had a week 4 HCV RNA level that was undetectable (or less than the LLOQ); in contrast, a significant proportion of cirrhotic patients will have a detectable HCV RNA level at week 4.[9,10] For patients who have low-level detectable HCV RNA at treatment week 4, the AASLD/IDSA guidance recommends performing a repeat quantitative HCV RNA level 2 weeks later (at treatment week 6) and if the HCV RNA has increased by more than 10-fold (1 log10 IU/mL) then HCV therapy should be stopped.
On-Treatment Persistent Low-Level Viremia: The significance of on-treatment persistent low-level viremia (that does not increase) is not known and there is no clear indication this represents lack of adherence or likelihood of virologic relapse. Indeed, recent data from Sidharthan and coworkers involving patients receiving DAA sofosbuvir-containing therapy has shown that low-level quantifiable HCV RNA levels at week 4 was not clinically useful in predicting SVR12; these findings contrast sharply with prior studies using interferon-based regimens. The AASLD/IDSA guidelines do not provide a recommendation regarding stopping or extending therapy in the setting of stable low-level viremia. In contrast with the AASLD/IDSA strategy, some experts do not routinely recheck the HCV RNA after a detectable level at week 4 in patients believed to have good adherence, since the vast majority of these patients go on to clear HCV. If, however, adherence is a concern, it is advised to recheck the HCV RNA in 2 weeks, and if there is a greater than 10-fold increase, then obtain expert consultation and consider stopping therapy.
Determining Sustained Virologic Response (SVR): The recommended testing to determine whether the patient has achieved an SVR is a quantitative HCV RNA level 12 weeks after completing therapy (Figure 3).[11,12] An undetectable HCV RNA level 12 weeks after completing therapy is referred to as SVR12 and this generally translates into a long-term cure of HCV infection.[11,13,14] Some experts will obtain an HCV RNA level 24 weeks after completing treatment in selected patients, such as those with cirrhosis. Research studies have utilized HCV RNA levels 4 weeks after completing therapy (SVR4), but the SVR4 is not considered as robust a marker for treatment response as an SVR12.
Monitoring for Safety During Treatment
Baseline Safety Laboratory Studies: The optimal and standard approach to monitoring for treatment safety depends on whether ribavirin and peginterferon are a component of the regimen. The following baseline safety laboratory studies are recommended in the AASLD/IDSA guidance:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- International normalized ratio (INR)
- Hepatic function panel: albumin, total bilirubin, direct bilirubin, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase
- Serum creatinine level (and calculated glomerular filtration rate)
- Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) if the patient will receive peginterferon
Safety Laboratory Studies at Week 4 of Therapy: For patients receiving hepatitis C therapy, the AASLD/IDSA guidance recommends obtaining the following safety laboratory studies 4 weeks after starting therapy:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Serum creatinine level (and calculated glomerular filtration rate)
- Hepatic function panel: albumin, total bilirubin, direct bilirubin, ALT, AST, and alkaline phosphatase
Management of Abnormal ALT at Week 4 of Therapy: For patients who have increases in ALT levels at week 4, the AASLD/IDSA guidance provides the recommendations outlined below. On October 22, 2015 the US FDA issued a Drug Safety Warning that treatment with ombitasvir-paritaprevir-ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir, can cause serious liver injury, mostly in patients with underlying advanced liver disease. In most of the reported cases, the liver injury occurred within 1 to 4 weeks of starting treatment. Until this recent announcement, the currently available DAAs had not associated with hepatotoxicity with the rare exception of paritaprevir-ritonavir-ombitasvir and dasabuvir when used in conjunction with medications containing ethinyl estradiol; this combination should not be used together.
- A 10-fold or Greater Increase in ALT Levels: Patients that have a 10-fold or greater increase in ALT levels, regardless of the presence of clinical symptoms, should have HCV therapy discontinued promptly and undergo close monitoring for liver toxicity.
- Symptomatic Increase in ALT Levels of Less than 10-Fold: If a patient has any increase in ALT levels less than 10-fold that is accompanied either by symptoms suggestive of acute hepatitis (weakness, nausea, vomiting, or jaundice) or increases in other hepatic function panel labs (bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, or international ionized ratio), HCV therapy should promptly be discontinued and the patient should undergo close monitoring for liver toxicity. The guidelines do not specify what degree of change in bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, or international ionized ratio would realistically be considered significant enough to warrant discontinuation of therapy. Most experts would use clinical judgment with this recommendation and not discontinue therapy with a very low level increase in ALT accompanied by a low-level increase in bilirubin or alkaline phosphatase.
- Asymptomatic Increases in ALT Levels Less than 10-Fold: Patients with an increase in ALT levels that is less than 10-fold, but without symptoms suggestive of acute hepatitis, should have close monitoring and repeat ALT levels checked at treatment week 6 and 8. If the ALT levels remain consistently elevated, discontinuation of therapy should be considered. Most experts in this situation would follow this general AASLD/IDSA recommendation but make a decision on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the degree of ALT elevation, the trend in ALT levels, and the presence or absence of underlying cirrhosis or acute hepatitis symptoms.
Hepatitis B Reactivation Associated with HCV DAA Therapy
Background: Hepatitis B (HBV) reactivation associated with severe hepatitis flare has been increasingly recognized as a potential adverse event associated with HCV DAA therapy. Previous reports have described HBV reactivation after interferon-based therapy, but in these prior cases, clinically significant hepatitis was rare. Chronic HCV has been known to suppress HBV replication in persons coinfected with HCV and a reciprocal interaction between these viruses has long been postulated. The elimination of HCV can result in a potential loss of immunologic control of HBV infection and HBV reactivation.
FDA Warning and Adverse Event Reporting Data: The Food and Drug Administration issued a drug safety warning on October 4, 2016 in which they identified 24 cases of confirmed reactivation of HBV infection in persons receiving DAA medications for treatment of HCV. The FDA warning was based on a number of cases reported to the FDA and from published literature.[18,19,20,21,22,23...] In November 2016 the FDA presented updated data in a poster at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Meeting. The FDA group summarized a total of 29 patients (5 from the United States) with confirmed HBV reactivation during DAA therapy based on published reports and cases detected via their Adverse Event Reporting database between November 2013 and October 2016. The following summarizes key findings from this report:
- Unexpected ALT and AST elevations after starting DAAs was a common feature in all these cases, occurring typically 4 to 8 weeks (mean 53 days) from treatment initiation and, in approximately one-third of the cases the initial suspected diagnosis was an adverse drug reaction caused by DAA hepatotoxicity.
- The DAA regimens used in treatment of these patients were heterogeneous and included sofosbuvir, simeprevir, daclatasvir with asunaprevir (investigational), and ledipasvir-sofosbuvir. Hospitalization occurred in at least 6 patients.
- Severe clinical decompensation occurred in 3 cases, resulting in 2 deaths and 1 liver transplantation.
- Among the 29 cases of HBV reactivation, 13 (45%) occurred in chronic HBV carriers with positive hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). There were notably some patients who had absent HBsAg and anti-HBs and an isolated anti-HB core profile among these cases.
- Although the anti-HB core and anti-HB surface antibody status were not known in a majority of cases (Figure 4), none of the patients with surface antibody (anti-HBs) was noted among the patients with HBV reactivation.
- Antiviral treatment of HBV was initiated in 15 patients, and in most cases resulted in improvement of the liver enzymes as well as symptoms of fatigue and malaise.
Prospective Data: A recent prospective study from China evaluated 327 patients in a HBV-endemic area who were scheduled to receive DAA therapy for chronic HCV infection. At baseline, 10 were HBsAg-positive. After starting DAA therapy for HCV, 3 (30%) of 10 HBsAg-positive patients experienced a hepatitis flare due to HBV reactivation compared to none of the 317 who were HBsAg-negative, including 124 with occult HBV infection. For the three patients who developed a hepatitis flare, the median time for onset of the flare was 8 weeks.
AASLD/IDSA Guidance Related to HBV Reactivation: The HCV guidance by the AASLD/IDSA recommends that all patients about to initiate HCV DAA therapy should undergo assessment for coinfection with HBV with HBsAg, anti-HB core, and anti-HBs. If the HBV serology testing indicates the patient is susceptible to HBV infection, they should receive the hepatitis B vaccine series. Treatment for HBV should be given if the patient meets treatment criteria for active HBV infection. If treatment of HBV is indicated, it should occur at the same time (or before) starting HCV DAA therapy. For patients who are HBsAg-positive and are not receiving HBV suppressive therapy, the AASLD/IDSA Guidance recommends obtaining a baseline HBV DNA level prior to starting HCV DAA therapy and monitoring HBV DNA levels at regular intervals (but generally not more often than every 4 weeks) during therapy as well as immediately after completing DAA therapy. If during monitoring the patient develops HBV DNA levels that meet treatment criteria, therapy for HBV should be initiated.
Author's Recommendations: We recommend obtaining baseline HBsAg, anti-HB core, and anti-HBS prior to starting HCV DAA therapy to evaluate for risk of HBV reactivation during DAA therapy for HCV. Individuals with a positive baseline HBsAg should have a baseline HBV DNA level ordered. Based on results from this baseline evaluation, we recommend the following:
- Patients with a positive HBsAg should receive therapy for HBV to prevent reactivation during HCV DAA therapy. Our recommendation is based on the significant risk of HBV reactivation in persons with positive HBsAg and the potential severity of the hepatitis flares associated with this resurgence.[24,25] The treatment for HBV should begin prior or concomitant with initiation of HCV DAA therapy, preferably 2 to 4 weeks in advance of starting HCV therapy. Assuming the patient has not previously received HBV therapy, we recommend treatment of HBV with entecavir 0.5 mg orally once daily or tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg orally once daily; the treatment of HBV should continue for at least 3 months following completion of HCV DAA therapy, with possible discontinuation of HBV treatment if the patient does not have an indication for chronic HBV therapy; preferably this decision is made along with expert consultation.
- Individuals who are anti-HB core positive, but HBSAg and anti-HBS negative have some risk of HBV reactivation during HCV therapy, but the risk is likely significantly lower than persons who are HBsAg positive.[24,25,27] For patients with an isolated anti-HB core positive test, we recommend monitoring ALT and AST levels every 4 weeks during HCV DAA therapy; if these levels increase greater than two-fold from baseline, then obtain an HBV DNA level. Consider initiating HBV therapy (with a regimen outlined above) if the HBV DNA test is positive.
- For individuals who are anti-HBS positive, HBsAg negative, and anti-HB core positive, we do not recommend HBV DNA testing or treatment to prevent HBV reactivation. In addition, we do not recommend monitoring for HBV reactivation in persons who have a positive anti-HBS and negative anti-HB core (i.e. individuals who received hepatitis B vaccine but have never been exposed to HBV infection naturally).
Monitoring After Receiving HCV Therapy
Approach to Monitoring After Receiving HCV Therapy: The approach to monitoring patients following completion of a course of HCV therapy depends entirely on the patient's response to therapy. Three main scenarios exist: (a) the patient achieved an SVR12, (b) the patient completed therapy but did not achieve an SVR12, or (c) the patient had an inadequate treatment course because of adherence problems, intolerance, or laboratory toxicity necessitating premature discontinuation of the treatment regimen.
Monitoring Patients who Achieved an SVR: Patients who have an undetectable HCV RNA at week 12 (or later) after completing HCV therapy are considered to have achieved an SVR and this is associated with long-term reduced liver-related morbidity and mortality.[11,28,29] In a review by Welker of 44 studies involving more than 4,228 patients who achieved an VR with an interferon-based regimen, 97% of patients maintained the SVR during the long-term follow-up period. Some experts will obtain an HCV RNA level 24 weeks after completing treatment in selected patients. In a more recent review by Manns, more than 99.2% of 1002 patients who achieved an SVR12 with interferon- or peginterferon-based therapy maintained undetectable HCV RNA levels for 5 years. Available long-term durability of treatment response with all-oral DAA therapy suggest SVR12 responses will translated into sustained HCV clearance. All patients who achieve an SVR should clearly understand they are not immune to HCV and can become reinfected with HCV.[14,31,32,33] The AASLD/IDSA Guidance stratifies the follow-up for persons who achieve an SVR based on the degree of hepatic fibrosis and the risk of developing reinfection.
- Patients with Metavir Fibrosis (F0-F2): These patients do not need special monitoring or follow-up specifically for hepatitis C or liver care. This recommendation is based on data that show patients with SVR following hepatitis C treatment generally do not have further progression of HCV-related liver fibrosis.
- Patients with Advanced Fibrosis (F3-F4): Although fibrosis may improve in these patients, they are considered to have persistent risk, albeit lower than before achieving an SVR, for developing hepatocellular carcinoma. Accordingly, these patients should have surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with hepatic ultrasound every 6 months. In addition, patients with cirrhosis (F4 fibrosis) should have a baseline upper endoscopy to screen for varices, unless this has previously been done. Patients identified with varices should receive appropriate management and follow-up.
- Patients with Ongoing Risk of HCV Reinfection: Regardless of the degree of hepatic fibrosis, all patients with ongoing risk for acquiring HCV should have periodic assessment for HCV reinfection and counseling on prevention of reinfection. Obtaining HCV antibody does not provide useful information in these individuals with known prior HCV infection since they are highly likely to remain antibody positive. Thus, reassessment should consist of a quantitative HCV RNA level. In addition, for these patients, any flare in liver enzyme tests should prompt evaluation for reinfection with a quantitative HCV RNA level.
- Patients with Persistently Abnormal Liver Tests: Any patient that develops persistently elevated liver tests should undergo evaluation for possible other causes of liver disease, such as alcohol use, iron overload, or fatty liver disease.
Monitoring for Patients who do not Achieve SVR: The AASLD/IDSA guidance recommends the following for patients who did not achieve an SVR with HCV therapy.
- All Patients: For all patients who did not achieve an SVR, follow-up laboratory testing should occur every 6 to 12 months with a hepatic function panel, complete blood count, and international normalized ratio. In addition, these patients should have periodic reevaluation for retreatment, especially as new options become available. It is important these patients receive counseling for alcohol abstinence (or safe use) and avoidance of hepatotoxic medications.
- Patients with Advanced Fibrosis (F3-F4): These patients should have surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma with hepatic ultrasound every 6 months. In addition, patients with cirrhosis (F4 fibrosis) should have a baseline upper endoscopy to screen for varices, unless this has previously been done. Patients identified with varices should receive appropriate management and follow-up.
- Patients undergoing treatment for hepatitis C need systematic monitoring before, during, and after therapy.
- Quantitative HCV RNA is the preferred test for monitoring response to therapy. Patients should have a quantitative HCV RNA obtained at baseline prior to starting therapy, 4 weeks after starting treatment, and 12 weeks after completion of treatment.
- The significance of low-level detectable HCV RNA values at treatment week 4 remains unclear; additional follow-up HCV RNA testing at treatment week 6 should be considered, especially if adherence or virologic breakthrough is a concern.
- An undetectable HCV RNA at 12 weeks after treatment is considered a sustained virologic response and translates into cure for nearly all patients.
- Monitoring safety laboratory labs should be obtained at baseline and after 4 weeks of treatment. Further safety laboratory monitoring may be required in circumstances with abnormal safety laboratory studies.
- Patients with a 10-fold or greater increase in ALT levels at treatment week 4 should have therapy promptly discontinued with close follow-up. In most circumstances, patients with lower-level increases in ALT and symptoms suggestive of acute hepatitis should discontinue therapy.
- Hepatitis B (HBV) reactivation associated with severe hepatitis flare has been increasingly recognized as a potential adverse event associated with HCV DAA therapy. THe highest risk has been observed with HBsAg-positive patients, but this can occur with isolated anti-HB core.
- Monitoring of patients after treatment depends on whether the patient achieved an SVR12 and whether they have advanced fibrosis (Metavir stage 3 or 4).
- Patients with an SVR12 should receive education and counseling on the risk of becoming reinfected with HCV.
- Patients with advanced fibrosis require long-term surveillance for HCC, regardless of whether they achieve an SVR12.
- Patients who do not achieve an SVR12 should continue to have regular follow-up and periodic reassessment for treatment, especially when additional new DAA medications become available.
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