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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 124  

Retinopathy in hepatitis C


1 RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

Date of Web Publication29-Jun-2017

Correspondence Address:
Won Sriwijitalai
RVT Medical Center, Bangkok
Thailand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ojo.OJO_210_2016

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Sir,

The recent publication on retinopathy seen in a patient with hepatitis C receiving interferon is very interesting.[1] Mathur et al. noted that “presence of hard exudates at any stage of therapy of hepatitis C could be an indicator of the severity of retinopathy with possible indication for stopping the drug.”[1] However, it is still questionable whether the problem is due to interferon treatment. According to a recent report by Cuthbertson et al.,[2] it is concluded that “this study does not support routine screening for retinopathy in patients treated with pegylated interferon and ribavirin for hepatitis C.”[2] Furthermore, it is noted that the hepatitis C can induce retinopathy without administration of interferon.[3] Spontaneous hemorrhage and retinopathy can occur at any time in the course of illness.[3]

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Mathur G, Singh DV, Singal A. Unusual course of interferon-related retinopathy in chronic hepatitis C. Oman J Ophthalmol 2016;9:189-90.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Cuthbertson FM, Davies M, McKibbin M. Is screening for interferon retinopathy in hepatitis C justified? Br J Ophthalmol 2004;88:1518-20.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Abe T, Nakajima A, Satoh N, Koizumi T, Sakuragi S, Ono T, et al. Clinical characteristics of hepatitis C virus-associated retinopathy. Jpn J Ophthalmol 1995;39:411-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
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