Food intake increases liver stiffness in patients with chronic or resolved hepatitis C virus infection

2009 Liver International 29;10 (1500-1506)

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Transient elastography is increasingly being used in patients with chronic liver disease. It has proven particularly useful to identify patients with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, while classification of no or little fibrosis appears to be difficult. In general, stiffness values 6 kPa after food intake, potentially leading to unnecessary treatment or diagnostic procedures. CONCLUSION: Food intake increases liver stiffness in patients with hepatitis C virus infection and healthy controls. To standardize liver stiffness evaluation, we suggest measurement in the fasting condition.

Pubmed : 19732330