Alberto Fasoli

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Cirrhotic patients frequently undergo screening endoscopy for the presence of oesophageal varices (OV). In the future, this social and medical burden will increase due to the greater number of patients with chronic liver disease and their improved survival. In this study, our aims were (1) to identify clinical, biochemical, and(More)
BACKGROUND Indices for predicting survival are essential for assessing prognosis and assigning priority for liver transplantation in patients with liver cirrhosis. The model for end stage liver disease (MELD) has been proposed as a tool to predict mortality risk in cirrhotic patients. However, this model has not been validated beyond its original setting.(More)
BACKGROUND The aspartate aminotransferase-alanine aminotransferase ratio (AST/ALT ratio) has been used to noninvasively assess the severity of disease in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD). We previously demonstrated that progressive liver functional impairment is associated with an increase in the AST/ALT ratio. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Serum levels of leptin, the adipocyte-derived hormone regulating food intake and energy expenditure in mammals, have been found to be increased in cirrhotic patients. The aim of the present study was to investigate leptin serum level in relation to anthropometric features and liver function in patients with viral chronic hepatitis or liver(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Altered CA19-9 levels are commonly found in patients with liver cirrhosis though a clear explanation for this finding has not yet been given. The aim of this study was to investigate whether CA19-9 levels might be related to alterations in biochemical parameters and/or to functional impairment in cirrhotic patients with and without(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) frequently show markers of previous hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Moreover, they may carry occult HBV infection. These features might influence clinical and biochemical features as well as stage of disease. AIM To assess the prevalence and clinical associations of(More)
OBJECTIVES To study whether determining alpha-glutathione S-transferase (alpha-GST) might improve the assessment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients with near normal alanine aminotransferase levels (NNA). DESIGN AND METHODS We studied 119 viraemic CHC patients. They were subdivided into two groups according to the pattern of alanine aminotransferase(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Cirrhotic patients with hepatitis C virus infection are a group at higher risk for hepatocellular carcinoma. Conventional screening programs detect only few early hepatocellular carcinomas that are eligible for radical treatment. Our aim was to compare characteristics of patients, modality of treatment, and outcome in anti-HCV positive(More)
Damage to bile ducts in chronic hepatitis C is a characteristic histological lesion. Moreover, the presence of abnormal levels of γGT in these patients is also a common finding. Assessing whether the presence of bile duct lesions is indicated by biochemical abnormalities or whether virological characteristics can influence their development may help in the(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Liver biopsy examination is the gold standard to diagnose the presence of cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of both 13 C-aminopyrine breath test ( 13 C-ABT) and 13 C-galactose breath test ( 13 C-GBT) in the noninvasive assessment of the presence of cirrhosis in patients with chronic liver disease. METHODS We(More)