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Table 1 Patients characteristics and log-HCV titer among the different study groups

From: Serum levels of soluble Fas, soluble tumor necrosis factor-receptor II, interleukin-2 receptor and interleukin-8 as early predictors of hepatocellular carcinoma in Egyptian patients with hepatitis C virus genotype-4

Variables Control (9) PNALT (17) CLD (32) HCC (30) p-value
M/W 7/2 12/5 24/8 25/5 < 0.001
Age (years): Mean ± SD 50.9 ± 4.6b 35.1 ± 11.5c 43.4 ± 8.7b 60.7 ± 8.3a < 0.001
Log HCV-titer <615* 10.9 ± 3.2a 9.9 ± 4.1a 5.2 ± 4.7b < 0.001
  1. Groups with similar letters are not different statistically. A p-value < 0.05 was considered significant. M/W: Men/Women; PNALT: chronic hepatitis C with persistent normal alanine aminotrasferase; CLD: chronic liver disease; HCC: hepatocellular carcinoma. *All cases were under detection limit (<615 IU/ml) and so they were not included in the statistical analysis (Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA).