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Noninvasive assessment of portal hypertension in patients with alcoholic cirrhosis.
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PMID:  22798113     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background/aims: Portal hypertension and development of esophageal varices is one of the major complications of liver cirrhosis. The aim of our study was to evaluate the possibility of the presence of esophageal varices and their size using biochemical and ultrasonography parameters in patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis. Material and Methods: We included in our study 86 patients (74 males, mean age 55±7) with alcoholic liver cirrhosis. The control group consisted of 102 patients with cirrhosis of other etiologies. All patients underwent a complete biochemical workup, upper digestive endoscopy and ultrasonography examination. The right liver lobe diameter/albumin and platelet count/spleen diameter ratios were calculated. The correlation of the calculated ratios with the presence and degree of esophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis was also determined. Results: The mean value of right liver lobe diameter-albumin ratio was 6.15±1.77, and statistically significantly differed from values determined in the control group (4.97±1.68). The mean platelet count-spleen diameter ratio was 972.5±599.0 in alcoholic liver cirrhosis and 1055.9±821.3 in controls (p>0.05). In patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis, none of the analyzed noninvasive markers was shown to be a good predictor of the presence and size of esophageal varices. Conclusions: Despite the important role of noninvasive markers in providing information pertinent to determination of esophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis, these markers have limited relevance in patients with alcoholic cirrhosis.
Tamara Alempijevic; Aleksandra Sokic-Milutinovic; Biljana Milicic; Rada Jesic; Ana Balovic; Dragan Popovic; Miodrag Krstic
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Turkish journal of gastroenterology : the official journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1300-4948     ISO Abbreviation:  Turk J Gastroenterol     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9515841     Medline TA:  Turk J Gastroenterol     Country:  Turkey    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  239-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinical Center of Serbia, Clinic for Gastroenterology, Belgrade, Yugoslavia University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
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