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Predictors of the outcomes of acute-on-chronic hepatitis B liver failure.

Fan HL, Yang PS, Chen HW, Chen TW, Chan DC, Chu CH, Yu JC, Kuo SM, Hsieh CB.
World J Gastroenterol. 2012 Sep 28;18(36):5078-83. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v18.i36.5078.


Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei 11490, Taiwan, China.



ITo identify the risk factors in predicting the outcome of acute-on-chronic hepatitis B liver failure patients.


We retrospectively divided 113 patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure-hepatitis B virus (ACLF-HBV) and without concurrent hepatitis C or D virus infection and hepatocellular carcinoma into two groups according to their outcomes after anti-HBV therapy. Their demographic, clinical, and biochemical data on the day of diagnosis and after the first week of treatment were analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U test, Fisher's exact test, and a multiple logistic regression analysis.


The study included 113 patients (87 men and 26 women) with a mean age of 49.84 years. Fifty-two patients survived, and 61 patients died. Liver failure (85.2%), sepsis (34.4%), and multiple organ failure (39.3%) were the main causes of death. Multivariate analyses showed that Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE)€…II scores ≥ 12 [odds ratio (OR) = 7.160, 95% CI: 2.834-18.092, P < 0.001] and positive blood culture (OR = 13.520, 95% CI: 2.740-66.721, P = 0.001) on the day of diagnosis and model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scores ≥ 28 (OR = 8.182, 95% CI: 1.884-35.527, P = 0.005) after the first week of treatment were independent predictors of mortality.


APACHE II scores on the day of diagnosis and MELD scores after the first week of anti-HBV therapy are feasible predictors of outcome in ACLF-HBV patients.


    • Total cases enrolled = 10468
    • Total centers across Asia = More than 95
    • Total manuscripts = More than 40
    • Total video conferences conducted = 97
    • Total abstract presented in conference by AARC group = More than 50

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