One third of hepatitis B carriers in Hong Kong have severe liver fibrosis

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:909
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

Researchers in Hong Kong have found that one third of people in the city who are hepatitis B carriers have severe fibrosis, including almost a fifth of patients with normal alanine transferase (ALT) concentrations. The findings of a study of 1315 hepatitis B carriers were published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology (2008 Apr 16; doi: 10.1111/j.1572-0241.2007.01751.x).

“It’s known that severe fibrosis and cirrhosis can lead to complications, including liver cancer, but we didn’t know the extent of the problem of severe fibrosis,” said Man-fung Yuen, coauthor of the study and associate professor at the University of Hong Kong’s department of medicine.

“In …

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