Steatosis affects the performance of liver stiffness measurement for fibrosis assessment in patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C

2014 Journal of Hepatology 61;3 (523-529)

BACKGROUND & AIMS: In Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC), the influence of steatosis on liver stiffness measurement (LSM) is still debated. We assessed the impact of steatosis and its ultrasonographical sign - bright liver echo pattern (BLEP) - on LSM values and on transient elastography (TE) accuracy for the diagnosis of liver fibrosis, in a cohort of consecutive patients with Genotype 1 (G1) CHC. METHODS: Patients (n=618) were assessed by clinical, ultrasonographic and histological (Scheuer score) features. TE was performed using the M probe. RESULTS: Male gender (p=0.04), steatosis as continuous variable (p

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