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Liver fibrosis examination can be done easily in 5 minutes without bleeding or pain

HIT : 5,476DATE : 2017-03-23

Introduction of fibrosis scanning equipment - Liver fibrosis examination can be done easily in 5 minutes without bleeding or pain

 

Catholic Kwandong University International St. Mary’s Hospital has introduced Transient Elastography (FibroScan) to diagnose cirrhosis quickly and accurately.

 

Liver fibrosis is a long-term viral hepatitis or alcohol-induced inflammatory reaction that destroys hepatocytes and makes the liver harder. If liver fibrosis persists, it progresses to cirrhosis and it is difficult to recover to normal liver. In severe cases, complications such as variceal bleeding, hepatic coma, and liver cancer are also increased. Therefore, diagnosis of liver fibrosis in patients with liver disease is of great significance in treatment.

 

Previously, in order to diagnose liver fibrosis, it was necessary to undergo abdominal ultrasonography or liver biopsy to remove the tissue that stuck the skin with an injection needle. However, liver biopsy has the disadvantage of causing complications such as anxiety due to skin and tissue incision, pain after examination, and bleeding.

 

On the other hand, the liver fibrosis scan introduced at the International St. Mary’s Hospital is a non-invasive method using vibration and ultrasound to measure the degree of firmness of the liver, thus greatly reducing the patient's burden of bleeding and pain. Liver fibrosis scans are performed by vibrating a transducer consisting of a transducer and an ultrasound probe between the ribs of the liver (intercostal space). This allows the shear waves to be transferred to the liver tissue and the degree of liver fibrosis at the rate of the shear waves captured by the ultrasound transducer can be determined and performed for a short test time of 5 to 10 minutes.

 

In addition, this device has the advantage of not only the degree of liver stiffness but also the ability to diagnose fatty liver, which is a common adult disease that threatens the health of people in recent years.

In recent years, research results have been published that liver fibrosis scanning is useful for predicting liver cancer occurrence in patients with liver cirrhosis, it is expected to be a major tool for future evaluation.

"The introduction of hepatic fibrosis scans will be good news for patients with liver disease who were reluctant to undergo biopsy due to complications such as bleeding or pain," said Dr. Lee Sang-heun.

 

  

Lee Sang Heun / Internal Medicine / Professor

Practice Areas

Fatty liver, acute and chronic hepatitis, hepatic cirrhosis, liver cancer, other liver diseases, hepatitis B or C carriers, alcoholic liver disease

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Severance Hospital, Clinical Research Assistant Professor

Severance Hospital, Instructor

Myongji Hospital, Residency

Myongji Hospital, Internship

Catholic Kwandong University, School of Medicine, M.S./Ph.D.