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Archivos de Medicina Interna

Print version ISSN 0250-3816On-line version ISSN 1688-423X

Abstract

Transient elastometry of the liver.: New diagnostic technique in hepatology.. Arch. Med Int [online]. 2013, vol.35, n.3, pp.80-84. ISSN 0250-3816.

The importance of the degree of fibrosis in the management of chronic liver diseases is well recognized. For many years, the liver biopsy has been the study of choice to evaluate it. More recently, efforts have been geared to finding an alternative non invasive method for its diagnosis and assessment.  Hence, there is evidence that both combined or alone, new serology and imaging testing have succeeded in replacing the liver biopsy punction. This work is intended to discuss a new imaging diagnostic technique to evaluate the liver in a harmless, precise and inexpensive way. Transient elastometry is a broadly used method currently available around the world for the work-up of patients with chronic liver diseases -particularly viral infections- and more specifically, chronic hepatitis caused by virus C. The technique will be available in the country soon, and the entire health system will have access to it.

Keywords : Liver fibrosis; Chronic liver disease; Liver elastometry.

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