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, "The adverse effects of interferon-free regimens in 149 816 chronic hepatitis C treated Egyptian patients.", Aliment Pharmacol Therapeutics, vol. 47, issue 9, pp. 1296-1305, 2018.
El Serafy, M. A., A. M. Kassem, H. Omar, M. S. Mahfouz, and M. E. S. El Raziky, "APRI test and hyaluronic acid as non-invasive diagnostic tools for post HCV liver fibrosis: Systematic review and meta-analysis.", Arab journal of gastroenterology : the official publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology, vol. 18, issue 2, pp. 51-57, 2017 Jun. Abstract

BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) accounts for a sizable proportion of chronic liver disease cases and represents the most common indication for liver transplantation. Precise diagnosis of hepatic fibrosis stage is considered a funnel-neck in proper management and follow-up of HCV-infected patients. Given the possible complications of liver biopsy, a non-invasive method for assessing hepatic fibrosis is needed. This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of APRI and hyaluronic acid as non-invasive diagnostic assessment tools for post HCV liver fibrosis.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Systematic literature searching identified studies performed on Egyptian territory to evaluate APRI and hyaluronic acid as non-invasive tests of fibrosis and using liver biopsy as the reference standard. Meta-analysis was performed for areas with an adequate number of publications. Validation of meta- analysis on APRI was done on a subset of 150 treatment-naïve post-hepatitis C patients.

RESULTS: Both APRI and hyaluronic acid have superior predictive power for hepatic cirrhosis (F4) than for significant fibrosis (F2-F3). The pooled estimate for sensitivities and specificities of APRI and hyaluronic acid to diagnose F4 were (84% and 82%) and (83% and 89%) respectively. In the subgroup of treatment naïve post-hepatitis C patients, APRI had higher diagnostic performance to diagnose liver cirrhosis with 93.8% sensitivity and 72.4% specificity (AUC; 0.908, 95%CI; 0.851-0.965, p-value; <0.001) compared to its accuracy to diagnose significant hepatic fibrosis with 65.1% sensitivity and 77.8% (AUC; 0.685, 95% CI; 0.59-0.78, p-value; 0.001).

CONCLUSION: APRI score and hyaluronic acid levels are simple and reliable non-invasive markers to detect advanced fibrosis among post-hepatitis C patients.

Shousha, H. I., M. Said, W. elakel, A. EL SHAFEI, G. Esmat, E. Waked, M. H. El Sayed, W. Doss, M. E. Razky, M. Mehrez, et al., "Assessment of facility performance during mass treatment of chronic hepatitis C in Egypt: Enablers and obstacles.", Journal of infection and public health, vol. 13, issue 9, pp. 1322-1329, 2020. Abstract

BACKGROUND: The national committee for control of viral hepatitis (NCCVH) in Egypt, settled by the Ministry of health, treated over one million patients in around 60 centers with chronological changes in drug combinations. This research aims to study the health care facilities and services provided by NCCVH treatment centers in Egypt and explore hinders faced.

METHODS: A cross-sectional operational research study. Multistage random sampling technique was applied for Egyptian governorates. From each stratum one governorate was chosen from which one center was randomly selected. Quality of recorded data for each center in the central server (Data-oriented parameter), newly designed score to assess the overall performance of the centers was retrieved from computer based recording system. A self-administered questionnaire was completed by the centers head.

RESULTS: This study included 24 treatment centers from urban, rural areas, Upper and Lower Egypt. The Upper centers showed the best completeness of follow-up records and the least compliance rates. None of the centers had 100% completeness of follow-up data. Proportion of SVR is minimally less than proportion of patient with known outcome in all treatment centers. A novel indicator standardizing the comparisons of performance of different facilities was introduced: Total number of physicians/total number of SVR patients with completed records. The highest response rate: Monfiya Governorate (Lower Egypt), Aswan (Upper Egypt), Completeness of follow-up records: Kalyoubia (Lower Egypt), Sohag governorate (Upper Egypt). The average administrative score was 64%.

CONCLUSION: Challenges of NCCVH program: overcrowdings, resistant sociocultural background among rural patients, limited accessibility for internal migrants and incompleteness of data entry are system lacking points. Strengths include, clear patient pathway, well-established database online application, well-trained physicians and treatment availability.

El Raziky, M. E. S., N. A. Zayed, Y. S. Ibrahim, F. Elrashdy, R. M. H. Shahin, M. Hassany, M. E. Serafy, W. Doss, V. N. Uversky, A. Yosry, et al., "Association analysis of genetic variants of sodium taurocholate co-transporting polypeptide NTCP gene (SLC10A1) and HBV infection status in a cohort of Egyptian patients", Gastroenterology Insights, vol. 12, issue 4, pp. 384-393, 2021.
Elsharkawy, A., S. A. Alem, R. Fouad, M. E. Raziky, W. elakel, M. Abdo, O. Tantawi, M. Abdallah, M. Bourliere, and G. Esmat, "Changes in liver stiffness measurements and fibrosis scores following sofosbuvir based treatment regimens without interferon.", Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology, vol. 32, issue 9, pp. 1624-1630, 2017 Sep. Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM: Accurate evaluation of the degree of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver diseases is crucial, as liver fibrosis is important in order to make therapeutic decisions, determine prognosis of liver disease and to follow-up disease progression. Multiple non-invasive methods have been used successfully in the prediction of fibrosis; however, early changes in non-invasive biomarkers of hepatic fibrosis under effective antiviral therapy are widely unknown. The aim of this study is to evaluate changes of transient elastography values as well as FIB-4 and AST to platelet ratio index (APRI) in patients treated with Sofosbuvir-based treatment regimen.

METHODS: This is a retrospective study including 337 chronic HCV Egyptian patients with genotype 4 mainly. They were treated with Sofosbuvir-based treatment regimen. Transient elastography values were recorded as well as FIB-4 and APRI were calculated at baseline and SVR12.

RESULTS: There was a significant improvement of platelets counts, ALT and AST levels, which in turn cause significant improvement in FIB-4 and APRI scores at SVR12. Liver stiffness measurements were significantly lower in SVR12 (14.8 ± 10.7 vs 11.8 ± 8.8 kPa, P = 0.000). About 77% of responders and 81.1% of cirrhotic patients showed improvement in liver stiffness measurements at SVR12.Univariate and multivariate regression analysis showed that failure to achieve improvement in liver stiffness measurements were significantly associated with relapsers and low baseline liver stiffness measurement.

CONCLUSION: Sofosbuvir-based treatment resulted in a clinically significant improvement in parameters of liver fibrosis.

Mansour, L. A., M. E. Raziky, A. A. Mohamed, E. H. Mahmoud, S. Hamdy, and E. H. El Sayed, "Circulating Hypermethylated RASSF1A as a Molecular Biomarker for Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma", Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP, vol. 18, issue 6, pp. 1637-1643, 2017 06 25. Abstract

Background: Detection of circulating DNA can be applied for the diagnosis of many malignant neoplasms, including the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The molecular pathogenesis of HCC is complex, involving different genetic and epigenetic alterations, chromosomal aberrations, gene mutations and altered molecular pathways. RASSF1A is a well-established tumor suppressor gene which suffers frequent inactivation due to promoter hypermethylation of CPG islands in multiple tumors including HCC, resulting in the reduction or loss of gene expression. Objective: To examine the role of circulating RASSF1A as a non-invasive diagnostic marker for HCC. Participant and Methods: A total of 45 HCC patients with a background of HCV infection, 40 cases of HCV infection without tumours and 40 apparently healthy controls were subjected to full history taking, clinical examination, routine laboratory investigations, assessment of serum AFP and detection of circulating hypermethylated RASSF1A gene by methylation-sensitive restriction enzyme digestion and real-time PCR. Results: The level of hypermethylated RASSF1A was significantly elevated in the HCC group as compared to the HCV and control groups (p=0.001 for both). Copy number in serum was associated with increased tumor size (p value <0.001). On the other hand, no significant correlation was observed between RASSF1A and AFP (p=0.5). Using ROC curve analysis, the best cut-off for circulating serum RASSF1A to differentiate the HCC group was 8 copies/μl. Conclusion: The presence of hypermethylated RASSF1A in serum may be a useful and informative biomarker for HCC diagnosis and might be introduced as a screening method for populations at risk of HCC development.

Esmat, G., and M. E. Raziky, "Cirrhosis: A Practical Guide to Management:changing outcome with antiviral or antifibrotic therapies", Cirrhosis: A practical guide to management, New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2015.
Mona Salema, S. A. Atti, M. El Raziky, S. K. Darweesh, and M. Elsharkawy, "Clinical Significance of Plasma Osteopontin Level as a Biomarker of Hepatocellular Carcinoma", Gastroenterology Research , vol. 6(5), pp. 191-199, 2011.
•, A. H. K. A. M. E. - R. •M. E. - S. A. E. M. K. A. H. K. • • • •, "Diffusion-weighted MRI and fibroscan vs. Histopathology for assessment of liver fibrosis in chronic HCV patients: (Pilot study)", Egyptian Journal of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, vol. Mar , 2015.
El-Raziky M, Khairy M, F. S. E. T. A. A. A. O., "Effect of Direct-Acting Agents on Fibrosis Regression in Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Patients' Treatment Compared with Interferon-Containing Regimens.", J Interferon Cytokine Res., vol. 38, issue 3, pp. 129-136, 2018.
Esmat, G., T. Elbaz, M. E. Raziky, A. Gomaa, M. Abouelkhair, H. G. E. deen, A. Sabry, M. Ashour, N. Allam, M. Abdel-Hamid, et al., "Effectiveness of ravidasvir plus sofosbuvir in interferon-naïve and treated patients with chronic hepatitis C genotype-4.", Journal of hepatology, 2017 Sep 19. Abstract

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Although treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HCV-genotype-4 (GT4) has become very effective, it remains very expensive, and affordable options are needed, especially in limited resource countries. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of the combination of ravidasvir (an NS5A inhibitor) and sofosbuvir to treat patients with chronic HCV-GT4 infection.

METHODS: A total of 300 patients with HCV-GT4 infection were recruited in three groups: treatment-naïve patients with or without compensated Child-A cirrhosis (Group 1); interferon-experienced patients without cirrhosis (Group 2); and interferon-experienced patients with cirrhosis (Group 3). Groups 1 and 2 received ravidasvir 200 mg QD plus sofosbuvir 400 mg QD for 12 weeks and were randomized 1:1 to treatment with or without weight-based ribavirin. Group 3 patients received ravidasvir plus sofosbuvir with ribavirin and were randomized 1:1 to a treatment duration of 12 weeks or 16 weeks. The primary endpoint was sustained virologic response at 12 weeks post-treatment (SVR12).

RESULTS: A total of 298 patients were enrolled: 149 in Group 1, 79 in Group 2 and 70 in Group 3. SVR12 was achieved in 95.3% of all patients who started the study, including 98% of patients without cirrhosis and 91% of patients with cirrhosis, whether treatment-naïve or interferon-experienced. Ribavirin intake and history of previous interferon therapy did not affect SVR12 rates. No virologic breakthroughs were observed and the study treatment was well tolerated.

CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with ravidasvir plus sofosbuvir, with or without ribavirin, was well tolerated and associated with high sustained virologic response rate for HCV-GT4 infected patients with and without cirrhosis, regardless of previous interferon-based treatments.


LAY SUMMARY: This study evaluated efficacy and safety of the new oral hepatitis C drug ravidasvir in combination with the approved oral drug sofosbuvir in 298 patients infected with hepatitis C type 4. Our results showed that treatment with ravidasvir plus sofosbuvir, with or without ribavirin, was well tolerated and associated with high response rate in patients with and without cirrhosis.

Raziky, M. E., S. Hamdy, Y. Hamada, N. M. Abdelaziz, M. Hassany, W. Doss, and Z. Zakaria, "Efficacy and safety of sofosbuvir and daclatasvir in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus induced cirrhosis with Child-Pugh class B", Egyptian Liver Journal, vol. 12, pp. Article number: 11, 2022.
Fouad, Y., G. Esmat, R. Elwakil, S. Zakaria, A. Yosry, I. Waked, M. El-Raziky, W. Doss, M. El-Serafy, E. Mostafa, et al., "The egyptian clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of metabolic associated fatty liver disease.", Saudi journal of gastroenterology : official journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association, vol. 28, issue 1, pp. 3-20, 2022. Abstract

The landscape of chronic liver disease in Egypt has drastically changed over the past few decades. The prevalence of metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) has risen to alarming levels. Despite the magnitude of the problem, no regional guidelines have been developed to tackle this disease. This document provides the clinical practice guidelines of the key Egyptian opinion leaders on MAFLD screening, diagnosis, and management, and covers various aspects in the management of MAFLD. The document considers our local situations and the burden of clinical management for the healthcare sector and is proposed for daily clinical practical use. Particular reference to special groups was done whenever necessary.

Raziky, M. E., D. Attia, W. elakel, O. Shaker, H. Khatab, S. Abdo, A. Elsharkawy, and G. Esmat, "Hepatic fibrosis and serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) as predictors of response to HCV treatment and factors associated with serum AFP normalisation after treatment", Arab Journal of Gastroenterology , vol. 14 , pp. 94–98 , 2013.
Saadi, G., K. Kalantar-Zadeh, P. Almasio, G. Ashuntantang, R. Barsoum, A. Bruchfeld, W. Doss, H. Elfishawy, M. E. Raziky, M. El-Serafy, et al., "Hepatitis C virus infection and global kidney health: the consensus proceedings of the International Federation of Kidney Foundations.", African journal of nephrology : official publication of the African Association of Nephrology. African Association of Nephrology, vol. 23, issue 1, pp. 159-168, 2020. Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is an important cause of major morbidities including chronic liver disease, liver cancer, and acute kidney injury (AKI) as well as chronic kidney disease (CKD). HCV can affect kidney health; among CKD and AKI patients with HCV infection, the clinical outcomes are worse. The prevalence of HCV infection is exceptionally high among dialysis and kidney transplant patients throughout the globe. It is estimated that 5% to 25% or more of dialysis dependent patients are affected by chronic HCV, based on the region of the world. Almost half of all deaths in CKD patients, including HCV-infected patients, are due to cardiovascular disease, and HCV infected patients have higher mortality. Given the importance and impact of the HCV epidemic on CKD and global kidney health, and the status of Egypt as the nation with highest prevalence of HCV infection in the world along with its leading initiatives to eradicate HCV, the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) convened a consensus conference in Cairo in December 2017. This article reflects the opinions and recommendations of the contributing experts and reiterates that with the current availability of highly effective and well tolerated pharmacotherapy; CKD patients should be given priority for treatment of HCV, as an important step towards the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health problem by 2030 according to World Health Organization and IFKF. Every country should have an action plan with the goal to improve kidney health and CKD patient outcomes.

Fathalah, W. F., M. A. A. Abdel Aziz, N. H. Abou El Soud, and M. E. S. El Raziky, "High Dose of Silymarin in Patients with Decompensated Liver Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial.", Journal of interferon & cytokine research : the official journal of the International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research, vol. 37, issue 11, pp. 480-487, 2017 Nov. Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major public health problem being the most common cause of chronic liver disease in Egypt. HCV-induced decompensated liver cirrhosis patients have a median survival of 2 years even with currently used new treatments. Silymarin is the most commonly used herbal product in chronic liver disease for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, and antifibrotic effects. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of silymarin in high dose on the clinical and biochemical status of chronic HCV-associated decompensated liver cirrhosis. The study was conducted on 62 chronic HCV-decompensated cirrhotic patients. Patients were randomized according to treatment plans: group A, included 31 patients who received silymarin in dose of 1,050 mg/day, and group B, included 31 patients who received silymarin in dose of 420 mg/day. Patients were subjected to baseline history taking, laboratory evaluation, abdominal ultrasound, Child scoring, and quality-of-life (QoL) questionnaire. Follow-up was done every 2 weeks for 12 weeks. Silymarin in high dose had an effect on reducing alanine transaminase, aspartate aminotransferase levels (P ≤ 0.01), as well as improving albumin (P = 0.04), bilirubin (P = 0.02), and international normalized ratio (P = 0.03), thus resulted in improvement in Child score (P = 0.048), however, regular silymarin regimen (420 mg/day) failed to achieve the previous biochemical changes. High-dose regimen of silymarin also had a positive impact on improving QoL. No serious adverse events were reported. Silymarin in high dose is a good choice for improvement of liver biochemical profile and QoL in chronic HCV cirrhotic patients.

Darweesh, S. K., K. Elsaeed, H. Omar, M. E. Raziky, W. elakel, M. E. Serafy, S. A. Ismail, A. A. Gomaa, M. Mehrez, M. Elkassas, et al., "High SVR rate following retreatment of non-sustained virological responders to sofosbuvir based anti-HCV therapies regardless of RAS testing: A real-life multicenter study.", Expert review of gastroenterology & hepatology, vol. 13, issue 9, pp. 907-914, 2019. Abstract

Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of sofosbuvir/daclatasvir/ribavirin (SOF/DCV/RBV) in treating non-sustained virological responders (non-SVR12) to prior sofosbuvir-based therapy, in absence of RAS testing in mass treatment, and determination of the optimal timing to start re-treatment. Real-life prospective observational study included prior non-responders to 24-weeks SOF-RBV (n = 679, 67%) or 12-weeks SOF- RBV- PEG (n = 335, 33%). Patients were re-treated with daily SOF/DCV/RBV for 12 (n = 270) or 24 weeks (n = 744). The primary efficacy endpoint was SVR12. The primary safety endpoints were reported adverse events (AEs) from baseline to SVR12 time point. We included 1,014 patients [age 52 ± 9 years, 58.48% men]. Cirrhosis was documented in 46.98% and 27.5% of SOF-RBV and SOF-RBV-PEG non-responders respectively. Overall, SVR12 was 90.6% [92.2% for 12 weeks therapy and 90.05% for 24 weeks therapy]. Mild AEs occurred in 5.13% (n=52) and 3.1% (n=32) discontinued treatment including eight on-treatment mortalities. Higher baseline FIB-4 and shorter interval before starting retreatment (<6 months) were independent predictors of non-SVR12 on multivariate regression analysis. SOF/DCV/RBV is an effective and safe treatment option for non-responders to prior sofosbuvir-based therapy. Six months interval before retreatment is optimal for achieving favorable SVR.

Ramzy, I., A. Elsharkawy, R. Fouad, H. A. Hafez, M. E. Raziky, W. elakel, M. El-Sayed, H. Khattab, M. Shehata, M. Elsharkawy, et al., "Impact of old Schistosomiasis infection on the use of transient elastography (Fibroscan) for staging of fibrosis in chronic HCV patients.", Acta tropica, vol. 176, pp. 283-287, 2017 Dec. Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM: In tropical regions, Hepatitis C virus (HCV) - Schistosomiasis coinfection remains one of the health problems. With the new era of HCV treatment and the variety of methods of assessment of liver fibrosis so we aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of FibroScan for staging hepatic fibrosis in HCV-Schistosomiasis coinfected patients.

METHODOLOGY: Three groups of patients were enrolled. Group 1: chronic HCV with out antischistosomal antibody (122 patients), Group 2: chronic HCV with positive antischistosomal antibodies and without periportal tract thickening (122 patients), Group 3: chronic HCV with positive antischistosomal antibodies and ultrasonographic picture of periportal tract thickening (108 patients). Routine laboratory workup, serum Antischistosomal antibody, and Schistosomal antigen in serum were performed. Ultrasound guided liver biopsy with histopathological examination; abdominal ultrasound and fibroscan examination were done for all patients.

RESULTS: The agreement between results of liver biopsy and results of fibroscan in the staging of fibrosis was the best in group 1 (55.7%), Although the agreement was higher among those with no periportal tract thickening (70.7%) and the disagreement was higher among those with positive schistosomal serology (66.5%), yet this relation was not statistically significant. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that disagreement is significantly associated with older age, higher BMI (≥30), and increase in anti Schistosomal antibody titer.

CONCLUSION: Fibroscan is a reliable, non-invasive tool for staging hepatic fibrosis among HCV-schistosomiasis co-infected patients with no effect of the induced periportal tract thickening on the readings. Only higher antischistosomal antibody titres may cause disagreement between liver biopsy and fibroscan.

El Raziky, M, E. y A, Said SE, Abdelatty S, E. A. W, T. O, G. E. H., and M. M., "IP-10 Serum Level in Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Patients: Relation to Fibrosis and Response to Combined Interferon/Ribavirin Therapy.", J Interferon Cytokine Res. , vol. Aug;35(8):6, pp. 49-5, 2015.
Raziky, M. E., N. A. Zayed, A. A. Baki, S. A. Mansour, and R. M. H. Shahin, "ITPA gene polymorphism (94C>A) effects on ribavirin-induced anemia during therapy in Egyptian patients with chronic hepatitis C.", Journal of medical virology, vol. 89, issue 10, pp. 1823-1829, 2017 Oct. Abstract

Inosine triphosphatase (ITPA) gene variants can protect against ribavirin (RBV)-induced anemia in patients treated for chronic hepatitis C. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between genetic variants of ITPA polymorphism, anemia, RBV dose reduction, and treatment response in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients. This study was conducted on 97 Egyptian chronic HCV patients who were scheduled for pegylated-interferon (PEG-INF) /RBV therapy. ITPA genotypes rs1127354 were determined by Real Time PCR melting curve analysis. Effects of ITPA polymorphism on hemoglobin (Hb) levels, RBV dose reduction and treatment response were analyzed. The homozygous wild genotype (CC) was associated with Hb reduction at week 4 (P = 0.004). The minor allele protected against Hb reduction. No association with sustained virological response was observed (P = 0.492). Female gender; lower baseline Hb and higher baseline WBC were associated with week 4 anemia (P = 0.04; P = 0.023; 0.033, respectively). The ITPA gene polymorphism rs1127354 heterozygous genotype (CA) may influence Hb levels and protect against hemolytic anemia during RBV-containing regimens for HCV. However, such findings were not significantly related to treatment outcomes. Patients with wild ITPA genotype (CC) experienced a more Hb drop and RBV dose reductions more frequently.