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Revista colombiana de Gastroenterología

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YEPES BARRETO, Ismael de Jesús; MUNERA CONTRERAS, María Nicol  and  SUAREZ-CAUSADO, Amileth. Relationship between Hepatocyte Growth Factor (Hgf) and Stage of Cirrosis. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2017, vol.32, n.1, pp.24-30. ISSN 0120-9957.

Introduction: Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is known to be a potent mitogenic agent both in vivo and in vitro. The role of HGF in cirrhosis is not completely clear, but some studies point to it as a marker of severity in cirrhosis, acute liver failure and chronic hepatitis. Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between HGF and the stage of hepatic cirrhosis and to identify factors associated with HGF levels in this population. Methodology: All patients with hepatic cirrhosis treated from January to March 2014 were evaluated. At the time patients were enrolled in the study their clinical histories were taken and they underwent transient elastography and extraction of samples for measurement of HGF. Results: No relationships were found between HGF levels and Child-Pugh classifications, however, higher levels of HGF were observed in patients with decompensated disease. A positive linear relations was found between HGF and hepatic hardness estimated by elastography (b = 0.53, r2 = 0.26, p = 0.002) and a negative linear relation was found between HGF and albumin (b = -0.62, r2 = 0.39, p <0.001). Only albumin retained this association in the multivariate analysis. Conclusion: HGF is a marker of severity in liver cirrhosis. Albumin and the degree of fibrosis determined by transient elastography were associated with HGF levels.

Keywords : Hepatic cirrhosis; hebatocyte growth factor; transient elastography; Child-Turcotte-Pugh Classification.

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