Characteristics of hepatocellular carcinoma in Italy.

  title={Characteristics of hepatocellular carcinoma in Italy.},
  author={Tommaso Stroffolini and Pietro Andreone and Angelo Andriulli and Antonio Ascione and Antonio Crax{\`i} and Maria Chiaramonte and Domenico Galante and Onofrio Giuseppe Manghisi and Roberto Mazzanti and Chiara Medaglia and Giampaolo Pilleri and Gian Lodovico Rapaccini and Rosa Giovanna Simonetti and Gloria Taliani and Maria Elena Tosti and Eugenio Villa and Giovanni Battista Gasbarrini},
  journal={Journal of hepatology},
  volume={29 6},
BACKGROUND/AIMS This study aimed to assess the main features of hepatocellular carcinoma at the time of diagnosis in Italy, particularly in relation to the presence or absence of underlying cirrhosis, hepatitis virus marker patterns, age of the subjects and alpha-foetoprotein values. METHODS A total of 1148 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma seen at 14 Italian hospitals in the 1-year period from May 1996 to May 1997 were the subjects of this prevalence study. Both newly diagnosed cases… CONTINUE READING