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We appreciated the interest and comment of Li and colleagues on our recent publication.1 We would like to acknowledge the results from the Taiwanese longitudinal studies concerning the effect of fatty liver, obesity and type 2 diabetes on the risk of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. This evidence echoed the conclusion of the present study that metabolic syndrome increased the risk of liver cirrhosis in CHB.
In the present cross-sectional study, the causal …
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