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Q In patients with chronic hepatitis B, what clinical and laboratory variables predict liver fibrosis?
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cohort study with independent derivation and validation sets.
Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong.
235 patients (mean age 39 y, 77% men) who had HBV-DNA concentrations >105 copies/ml and were treatment-naïve. Alanine transaminase (ALT) concentrations were 1.5–10 × the upper limit of normal; ALT concentrations were not part of the inclusion criteria for cirrhotic patients. 150 patients formed the derivation set, and 85 patients formed the validation set.
Description of prediction guide:
predictive models were developed by using univariate analysis to obtain significant variables; these were entered in a multivariate stepwise logistic regression. The diagnostic value of each …
For correspondence: Dr H L Chan, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong.
Sources of funding: Research Grants Council and Chinese University of Hong Kong.