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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-63

Antiviral efficacy of adefovir dipivoxil in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B subjects from Indian subcontinent

1 Departments of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Departments of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: The study was supported by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) grant (No. 5/8/7/7/2008-ECD-I),, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.124312

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Adefovir is one of the therapeutic options for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. A total of 30 adefovir-experienced subjects with the median treatment duration of 12 (interquartile range (IQR) 6-18) months were studied. Virological response was measured by hepatitis B virus deoxyribonucleic acid (HBV DNA) levels. HBV reverse transcriptase (rt) domains were sequenced for the identification of resistance mutations. Among the 30 subjects, two (7%) showed virological response and 19 (63%) were non-responders. The virological response for the remaining nine (30%) subjects was not determined. On sequence analysis, two subjects were identified with rtI169L and rtA181V mutation after 9 months and 18 months of adefovir treatment, respectively. Though the frequencies of adefovir resistance mutations are low, a large majority of subjects showed non-response. Therefore, adefovir in the management of HBV should be used judiciously.


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