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Rates of liver cirrhosis rise in England, fall in Europe

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1388 (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1388
  1. Alex Vass
  1. BMJ

    Death rates from cirrhosis of the liver are rising in England whereas rates in most other European Union countries are falling, a government report published last week said.

    In 1970 England had a death rate of 2 per 100000 population, seven times lower than the European average at the time. Figures for 1998 show a rate of 7 per 100000 in England, whereas the EU average has declined to below 10 per 100000.

    In his first annual report as chief medical officer, Professor Liam Donaldson said that although death rates have risen in all age groups, the largest rise has been in those aged …

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