Table 3

Histological data of PCR positive and negative patients

PCR positive
PCR negative (n=27) Statistical analysis
t test or χ2
HAI at diagnosis4.1 (1.4) (n=85)2.1 (1.5)p=0.000
Fibrosis score at diagnosis1.1 (1.3) (n=80)0.15 (0.36)p=0.000
HAI after 5 years follow up4.1 (1.2) (n=44)N/AN/A
 Unchanged (n (%))n=19 (43.2%)
 Increased (n (%); mean (SD) score change)n=15 (34.1%; 1.4 (0.6))
 Decreased (n (%); mean (SD) score change)n=10 (22.7%; 1.8 (0.9))
Fibrosis score after 5 years follow up1.0 (1.0) (n=44)N/AN/A
Steatosis9 (10.3%) (n=87)13 (48%)p=0.000
Iron deposition1+ deposition in 1 patient with HHC3-150 0NS
  • Values are mean (SD) or number (%).

  • 3-150 HHC, genetic haemochromatosis which was incidentally identified in one PCR positive patient.

  • N/A, not applicable; PCR, polymerase chain reaction; HAI, histological activity index.