Hispanics comprise 13% of the population in the United States and are the fastest growing minority group.
Features of Hepatitis C in Hispanics have not been well characterized.
Dr Lepe and colleagues compared features of Hepatitis C among Hispanics, Whites, and African-Americans.
The research team characterized Hepatitis C infection in Hispanics.
A retrospective analysis was performed on 1225 consecutive patients with Hepatitis C seen at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The patients included 227 Hispanics, 508 Whites, and 490 African-Americans.
Data collection consisted of demographic variables, risk factors for Hepatitis C, history of alcohol use, laboratory parameters and liver histology.
Pair-wise comparisons showed that Hispanics had higher aminotransferase levels than Whites and African-Americans.
|Hispanics had higher aminotransferase levels than Whites and African-Americans|
|Journal of Viral Hepatitis|
The researchers found that hispanics had higher portal inflammation scores on liver biopsy than African-Americans and Whites.
The team noted that Hispanics had a higher frequency of cirrhosis than African-Americans, and a trend towards more cirrhosis than Whites.
There was a trend towards a higher prevalence of cirrhosis in Hispanic women than in Hispanic men.
Dr Lepe's team concluded, “A cross-sectional analysis showed that Hispanics with Hepatitis C had higher aminotransferase levels, and more portal inflammation than Whites and African-Americans, and a higher prevalence of cirrhosis than African-Americans.”