Diverse correlations between fibrosis-related factors and liver stiffness measurement by transient elastography in chronic hepatitis B

2018 European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 30;2 (217-225)

BACKGROUND: Several fibrosis-related factors influence liver stiffness measurements (LSM); however, these changes have not been investigated in the context of the various disease stages of chronic hepatitis B (CHB). AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the correlations between fibrosis-related factors and LSM in different disease stages of CHB. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with mild CHB (n=305) and cirrhotic hepatitis B (cirrhotic HB) (n=137) were compared with determine the relationship between LSM and fibrosis-related factors including parameters of liver inflammation [aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), total bilirubin (Tbil)], albumin, globulin, peripheral blood cells (neutrophil granulocytes, red blood cells, platelets), abdominal ultrasound B-scan parameters including right liver thickness, portal vein inradium, diameter of spleen (DS), thickness of spleen (TS), and splenic vein inradium (SV). RESULTS: In patients with mild CHB, LSM was correlated strongly with ALT (r=0.3534, P

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