Table 1

Baseline characteristics of the 244 patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection

Values are mean (SD) unless otherwise indicated.
*Within the six months before liver biopsy.
Age (y) 45.9 (12.6)
Sex
    Men (n (%))152 (62.3%)
    Women (n (%)) 92 (37.7%)
Route of transmission
    Blood transfusion (n (%)) 76 (31.2%)
    Intravenous drug use (n (%)) 53 (21.7%)
    Not identified (n (%))115 (47.1%)
Recent smoking history (cig/day)* 7.9 (11.1)
Total lifetime smoking history (packs-years) 10.2 (13.7)
Alcohol intake (g/day)* 11.6 (16.8)
Histological activity (grade)
    A1 (n (%)) 79 (32.4%)
    A2 (n (%))155 (63.5%)
    A3 (n (%)) 10 (4.1%)
Fibrosis (stage)
    F1 (n (%))134 (55.0%)
    F2 (n (%)) 44 (18.0%)
    F3 (n (%)) 41 (16.8%)
    F4 (n (%)) 25 (10.2%)