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Clinical use

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Interferons have been used to treat:

  • HSV keratitis
  • rhinovirus respiratory infection
  • hepatitis; e.g. hepatitis BeAg carriers with chronic active hepatitis. Achieves about a 30% success rate possibly due to a mild hepatitis resulting in greater recognition of infected cells. The major side effect is that treatment may cause liver failure.
  • hairy cell leukaemia
  • Kaposi's sarcoma
  • multiple sclerosis
  • advanced renal cell carcinoma
  • chronic granulomatous disease

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