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Title: The gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase to platelet ratio (GPR) shows poor correlation with transient elastography measurements of liver fibrosis in HIV-positive patients with chronic hepatitis B in West Africa. Response to: ‘The gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase to platelet ratio (GPR) predicts significant liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in patients with chronic HBV infection in West Africa’ by Lemoine et al
Authors: Phillips, Richard O.
Geretti, Anna Maria
Stockdale, Alexander J
Issue Date: 4-Jan-2016
Publisher: Gut
Citation: Gut 2016;65:882–884.
Abstract: Lemoine et al’s excellent article from the Gambia reported on non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic HBV infection.1 They propose a novel biomarker—the gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) to platelet ratio (GPR)— as a routinely available test that could identify patients with fibrosis or cirrhosis in resource-limited settings, thereby informing prognosis and guiding monitoring. Notably, the study excluded patients with conditions that might predispose to altered GGT or platelet counts, including pregnancy, significant alcohol consumption, use of antiviral therapy, acute malaria and hepatitis C, hepatitis delta or HIV coinfection. In their letter, Boyd and colleagues subsequently reported that in a French HBV/HIV coinfected cohort, GPR showed reasonable performance for identifying significant liver fibrosis.2 HBV and HIV are highly co-endemic in West Africa, and chronic liver disease is an emerging threat to the long-term health of HIV-positive patients in this region.3 Since 2010, we have been following a prospective cohort of patients attending the HIV clinic at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, where prevalence of HBV co-infection is 14% (95% CI 12.4% to 15.8%)
Description: An article published by Gut
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11897
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