||Ferritin levels were
positively correlated with AST and GGT levels (68 CHC patients) . Together with serum
aminotransferases, but not the pattern of HCV viremia in serum or in liver, they could
predict the necroinflammatory activity in liver. However, these authors could not find any
other laboratory parameter that was correlated with stage of fibrosis and considered liver
biopsy obligatory to assess the disease activity . On the overall, it is not clear
whether this correlation merely reflects the presence of more active disease, or iron
exacerbates chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-induced damage.