The usefulness of magnetic resonance elastography in predicting progression of cirrhosis from Child-Pugh class A to B
Tomohiro Takamura 1 , Utaroh Motosugi 1 , Shintaro Ichikawa 1 , Katsuhiro Sano 1 , Hiroyuki Morisaka 1 , Tomoaki Ichikawa 1 , Nobuyuki Enomoto 2 , and Hiroshi Onishi 1
Department of Radiology, University of
Yamanashi, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan,
Department of Internal Medicine, University of
Yamanashi, Yamanashi, Japan
It is important to identify the cirrhotic patients at a
high risk of progression to the decompensated stage.
Liver stiffness measurement with magnetic resonance
elastography (MRE) is a recently developed method for
non-invasively measuring liver stiffness. The purpose of
this study was to evaluate the usefulness of MRE in
predicting the progression of cirrhosis in patients with
type C chronic viral hepatitis as assessed with the
Child-Pugh classification system. In this study, we
elucidate the stiffness measurement with MRE was the
strongest indicator of cirrhosis progression from
Child-Pugh class A to B among known risk factors.
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