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Transient elastography in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  1. M Yoneda1,2,
  2. K Fujita1,
  3. M Inamori1,
  4. A Nakajima1,
  5. M Tamano2,
  6. H Hiraishi2
  1. 1Division of Gastroenterology, Yokohama City University Hospital, Yokohama, Japan
  2. 2Department of Gastroenterology, Dokkyo Medical University, Tochigi, Japan
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Atushi Nakajima
    Division of Gastroenterology, Yokohama City University Hospital, 3–9 Fuku-ura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0004, Japan; nakajima-tky{at}umin.ac.jp

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Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common causes of chronic liver injury in many countries around the world.1 NAFLD covers a wide spectrum, ranging from simple steatosis—which is generally non-progressive—to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). There are no established non-invasive methods of evaluation for patients with NASH, and until recently liver biopsy was the only method for evaluating liver fibrosis. Transient elastography is a new technique that allows rapid, non-invasive measurement of mean tissue stiffness, which has been shown to be useful for accurate estimation of hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C.2

We carried out a study to determine the value of liver stiffness measurement with the new medical device called the …

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