What are 'true normal' liver stiffness values using FibroScan®? A prospective study in healthy living liver and kidney donors in South Korea

Seung Up Kim, Gi Hong Choi, Woong Kyu Han, Beom Kyung Kim, Jun Yong Park, Do Young Kim, Jin Sub Choi, Seung Choul Yang, Eun Hee Choi, Sang Hoon Ahn, Kwang Hyub Han, Chae Yoon Chon

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Abstract

Aims: To identify the normal range of liver stiffness (LS) values by recruiting healthy living liver and kidney donors in South Korea. Methods:: Liver stiffness measurement (LSM) was performed in 69 healthy living liver and kidney donors who were admitted for transplantation. None of the subjects suffered from diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hepatitis B virus infection, hepatitis C virus infection, heart dysfunction, liver dysfunction or metabolic syndrome. Results:: LSM failure rate was 2.7%. Among 12 liver donors (17.4%) with available liver histology, eight showed normal liver histology and four showed liver steatosis of <5% of the hepatocytes. The mean age of our study population was 38.9 ± 11.9 years (35 men and 34 women), with a mean LS value of 4.6 ± 0.5 kPa (range 3.3-5.6 kPa). LS values were not significantly different between men (4.6 ± 0.6 kPa) and women (4.5 ± 0.5 kPa, P=0.636), nor were they significantly different according to age (P=0.851). Using the fifth and 95th percentiles, we determined the normal range of LS values to be 3.9-5.3 kPa. Conclusions:: We identified the normal range of LS values and found that LS values were not significantly influenced by age and gender.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-274
Number of pages7
JournalLiver International
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology

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