Hepatitis C virus antibody in patients with primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, and combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma) in Japan
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2006
Copyright © 1993 American Cancer Society
Volume 72, Issue 3, pages 683–688, 1 August 1993
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Tomimatsu, M., Ishiguro, N., Taniai, M., Okuda, H., Saito, A., Obata, H., Yamamoto, M., Takasaki, K. and Nakano, M. (1993), Hepatitis C virus antibody in patients with primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, and combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma) in Japan. Cancer, 72: 683–688. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19930801)72:3<683::AID-CNCR2820720310>3.0.CO;2-C
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAR 1993
- hepatitis C virus antibody;
- hepatocellular carcinoma;
- combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma
Background. In hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a high prevalence of hepatitis C virus antibody (anti-HCV) has been reported, indicating that it may be an important etiologic factor in the pathogenesis of HCC. In this study, the authors investigated the prevalence of anti-HCV in HCC patients, as well as the same prevalence in patients with cholangiocarcinoma (CC) and combined hepatocellular–cholangiocarcinoma (combined HCC-CC), to study the clinicopathologic features of anti-HCV–positive cases.
Methods. The authors examined 141 patients with primary liver cancer who were pathologically diagnosed as having HCC (121 cases), CC (13 cases), or combined HCC-CC (7 cases). Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and anti-HCV were measured in these patients.
Results. Of 121 HCC cases, 85 (70.3%) were found to be anti-HCV positive, 16 (13.2%) were HBsAg positive, and 5 (4.1%) were both anti-HCV and HBsAg positive. In 13 cases with CC and in 7 with combined HCC-CC examined, 4 (30.8%) and 5 (71.4%), respectively, were anti-HCV positive.
Conclusions. The anti-HCV–positive rate was high in combined HCC-CC as well as in HCC. These three types of primary liver cancer, which were anti-HCV positive, shared two common features: male dominance and high incidences of complication with liver cirrhosis.