Prediction of oesophageal varices with platelet count/spleen diameter ratio or platelets alone

Thabut, D.; Ratziu, V.; Trabut, J-B.; Poynard, T.
June 2004
Gut;Jun2004, Vol. 53 Issue 6, p913
Academic Journal
As the incidence of chronic liver diseases is growing, people are convinced that the development of non-invasive predictive tools to identify cirrhotic patients with oesophageal varices is of major interest. Several markers have been studied, and among them platelet count is commonly reported to be a good predictor of oesophageal varices. Several explanations can be raised, and one is the high rate of viral related cirrhosis in their patients where platelet count is less liable to variations compared with, for example, in alcoholic patients. This point is of major concern for the further validation of their index, recommended by the authors themselves, in other populations.


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