2013-12-03 18:18:57 UTC

Liver Stiffness Can Determine Risk Level in Patients with CLDs

Dec. 5, 2013

Reporting in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Siddharth Singh and colleagues find that the degree of liver stiffness is associated with risk of decompensated cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and death in patients with chronic liver diseases (CLDs).

Liver stiffness measurement (LSM), using elastography, can independently predict outcomes of patients with chronic liver diseases (CLDs). However, there is much variation in reporting and consistency of findings. Siddharth Singh and colleagues performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the association between LSM and outcomes of patients with CLDs. Reporting in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, they find that the degree of liver stiffness is associated with risk of decompensated cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and death in patients with CLDs. LSM therefore might be used in risk stratification.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2013: 11(12): 1573-1584.e2

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