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Discriminant Function Distinguishing Cirrhosis from Chronic Hepatitis

Purpose:

To use the discriminant score of Fortunato et al to determine if a person with chronic viral hepatitis has progressed to cirrhosis.

Specialty:

Gastroenterology

Objective:

laboratory tests, disease progression

ICD-10:

K74.6, K73.9

Description:

Fortuanto et al developed a discriminant function using 6 biochemical markers that can be used to separate patients with chronic hepatitis from those with cirrhosis. This can help monitor patients with progressive disease and can help guide use of more expensive or invasive tests. The authors are from the Universita di Napoli and Universita del Molise in Italy

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