Des-gamma carboxyprothrombin can differentiate hepatocellular carcinoma from nonmalignant chronic liver disease in american patients.

Abstract

Mortality due to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has not improved over the last 20 years. This is in part due to the poor performance of available tumor markers leading to delays in diagnosis. Des-gamma carboxy-prothrombin (DCP) has been reported to be more sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of HCC in Japanese patients compared with alpha-fetoprotein… (More)

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