All are true regarding hepatitis C infection except?
A. Serum transaminase level is a good predictor of the level of liver fibrosis
B. Telaprevir is effective in management
C. 3% risk of vertical transmission
D. Sharing toothbrushes is a risk factor for transmission
Correct answer : A. Serum transaminase level is a good predictor of the level of liver fibrosis
Hepatitis C virus – electron microscopic image
Serum transaminase level in hepatitis C is not a good predictor of the level of liver fibrosis.
A liver biopsy is required to assess the degree of liver damage.
There is 3% risk for acquisition of chronic hepatitis C by vertical transmission.
Sharing of toothbrushes and razors is another risk factor.
Ref: Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, 22nd edition, p955
Image credits: Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, The Rockefeller University.