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Portal hypertension commonly accompanies liver cirrhosis, and development of oesophageal varices is among the major complications of portal hypertension. Patients with cirrhosis should be screened for the presence of oesophageal varices when portal hypertension is diagnosed. To reduce the increasing burden of endoscopy units, some studies have attempted to identify parameters for non-invasive prediction of the presence of oesophageal varices.
We read with great interest the article by Giannini et al (Gut 2003;52:1200–5). Besides the confirmation of proposed platelet count:spleen diameter ratio in predicting the presence of oesophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis, we introduced a new measurement for predicting oesophageal varices. Our preliminary study included 58 patients with cirrhosis who underwent a complete biochemical investigation, upper digestive endoscopy and ultrasonographic examination. Right liver lobe diameter:albumin ratio has been calculated and correlated with the presence and grade of oesophageal varices. All patients gave their written consent, …
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