Novel Method of Evaluating Liver Stiffness Using Transient Elastography to Evaluate Perioperative Status in Severe Heart Failure

2015 Circulation Journal 79;2 (391-397)

Background:The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy of a non-invasive method, transient elastography (FibroScan), in measuring liver stiffness (LS), and whether LS can be used as a marker of cardiac - and hence perioperative - status.Methods and Results:Perioperative LS was prospectively measured using a FibroScan in 30 patients (21 male; 42.2+/-13.3 years old) who underwent left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. LS was checked pre- and postoperatively, then analyzed in regard to perioperative status. Preoperative LS was 13.3+/-13.0 kPa (normal,

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