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Non-invasive assessment of chronic liver and gastric diseases

Non-invasive assessment of chronic liver and gastric diseases,10.1016/j.cca.2007.02.019,Clinica Chimica Acta,Mario Plebani,Daniela Basso

Non-invasive assessment of chronic liver and gastric diseases   (Citations: 5)
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BackgroundIn patients with both chronic liver diseases and dyspepsia there is the need for non-invasive, inexpensive and effective laboratory tests. These tests should not substitute but complement and integrate the information derived from invasive techniques such as liver biopsy and esofagogastroduodenoscopy. Natural history studies indicate that advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis develop in about 20%–40% of patients with chronic hepatitis B or C, and in a similar proportion of those with alcoholic or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. In these patients, precise definition of the hepatic fibrosis stage is the most important parameter to assess the risk of disease progression and to decide for an immediate and appropriate antiviral therapy.
Journal: Clinica Chimica Acta - CLIN CHIM ACTA , vol. 381, no. 1, pp. 39-49, 2007
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