Treatment with sofosbuvir and ledipasvir without ribavirin for 12 weeks is highly effective for recurrent hepatitis C virus genotype 1b infection after living donor liver transplantation: a Japanese multicenter experience

Yoshihide Ueda, Toru Ikegami, Nobuhisa Akamatsu, Akihiko Soyama, Masahiro Shinoda, Ryoichi Goto, Hideaki Okajima, Tomoharu Yoshizumi, Akinobu Taketomi, Yuukou Kitagawa, Susumu Eguchi, Norihiro Kokudo, Shinji Uemoto, Yoshihiko Maehara

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Abstract

Background: The optimal therapy for recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection after liver transplantation has not yet been established. This study aimed to clarify the efficacy and safety of interferon-free therapy with sofosbuvir and ledipasvir without ribavirin for 12 weeks in Japanese patients with HCV genotype 1b infection after living donor liver transplantation. Methods: A cohort study of living donor liver transplant recipients with recurrent HCV genotype 1b infection treated with sofosbuvir (400 mg/day) and ledipasvir (90 mg/day) was performed at six liver transplant centers in Japan. Results: Fifty-four patients were treated with sofosbuvir and ledipasvir. Thirty-eight patients (70%) were treatment experienced, including 17 patients who had undergone prior direct-acting-antiviral-based triple therapy. Ten patients had resistance-associated substitutions at L31 or Y93 in the NS5A region of the HCV genome. Fifty-three patients completed the 12-week treatment protocol; treatment was discontinued in one patient who developed pneumonia at 4 weeks and died thereafter. All 53 patients who completed the treatment regimen achieved a sustained virological response 12 weeks after completion of treatment. Treatment was well tolerated in most patients, but seven patients developed serious adverse events, including hemorrhagic duodenal ulcers (n = 3), infection (n = 2), pleural effusion (n = 1), and alveolar hemorrhage (n = 1). Conclusions: Sofosbuvir and ledipasvir treatment without ribavirin for 12 weeks was highly effective in achieving a sustained virological response in Japanese patients who developed recurrent HCV genotype 1b infection after living donor liver transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Gastroenterology
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017 Jan 30

Keywords

  • Hepatitis C
  • Ledipasvir
  • Liver transplantation
  • Living donor
  • Sofosbuvir

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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