Ultrasound-Based Transient Elastography May Detect Cirrhosis In Certain Patients


MedPage Today (3/5, Smith) reported that ultrasound-based transient elastography, “a non-invasive diagnostic method, can accurately pick up fibrosis and cirrhosis in patients with recurrent hepatitis C after a liver transplant,” according to a study published in the March issue of Liver Transplantation. “In a meta-analysis, ultrasound-based transient elastography had excellent diagnostic accuracy in detecting cirrhosis,” researchers found. “The major limitation of the technique lies in interpreting results that correspond to intermediate stages of fibrosis,” the study authors reported.