1Department of Gastroenterology Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital, 2Department of Internal Medicine Tsuboi Memorial Cancer Research Institute, 3Department of Surgery Tsuboi Memorial Cancer Research Institute, 4Department of Gastroenterology Showa University Toyosu Hospital
Liver-index, Type C chronic liver disease, Ultrasound
Stage of chronic liver disease has been reported to be assessable by a combination of several ultrasonographic (US) findings.
Of these, dullness of the liver edge, roughness of the liver parenchyma, narrowing of the hepatic vein, and splenomegaly are
reported as the most useful. We calculated liver-index (L.I.) by assigning one point to each of these four US findings when they
were positive, and summing the point in each case. We then assessed the relationship between L.I. and pathologic stage,
laboratory data, and duration of type C chronic diseases. The relationship between L. I. and pathologic stage of type C chronic
liver disease was close, and L.I. was significantly correlated to ICGR=15, Type IV collagen, and platelet count. L.I. also
tended to be greater in patients in whom disease duration was longer. L. I. is thus useful when evaluating development of type
C chronic liver diseases.