Successful treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection with crushed elbasvir/grazoprevir administered via a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube

John Erikson Lim Yap, P. Jaiswal, L. Ton, R. Szynkarek, B. M. Attar, S. Gandhi

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What is known and objective: Elbasvir/grazoprevir is an all-oral regimen approved for patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 and 4, and in renal insufficiency. However, to date, no data exist on the efficacy of this regimen when it is crushed and administered through a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube. Here, we illustrate the case of a 63-year-old man who is the only known patient with HCV infection in the English literature to have successfully achieved a sustained viral response (SVR) when elbasvir/grazoprevir oral combination was administered through a PEG tube. Case summary: A 63-year-old man with worsening HCV-associated membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis was referred to the gastroenterology clinic for prompt HCV treatment. He had history of high-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid status post-resection and was expected to develop severe mucositis and dysphagia during radiation precluding typical oral therapy of his HCV. He received a PEG tube for nutrition and underwent a 16 week course of crushed Elbasvir/Grazoprevir for HCV treatment through the PEG. At the end of the therapy he achieved SVR and his kidney function also improved. What is new and conclusion: We present the first known clinical case of a non-cirrhotic patient with HCV genotype 1A with HCV-related MPGN treated successfully with crushed Elbasvir/Grazoprevir administered through a PEG tube. With the prevalence of PEG tube insertion and HCV on a rise, we expect these 2 population cohorts to intersect in the future. Our report may serve as a guidance in such clinical scenario.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)730-732
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018
Externally publishedYes



  • Hepatitis C infection
  • Zepatier
  • crushing
  • elbasvir/grazoprevir
  • percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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