The Week in Review: May 18 – May 25, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018 News Recap: In Brief: Liver Stiffness Measurement as a Potential Screening Tool for Liver-Related Events in HCV. The rate of advanced liver fibrosis in community as opposed to urban settings appears to be significant (16.5%) and often underdiagnosed; therefore, liver stiffness measurement is a feasible community screening tool that can be used to predict liver-related events, according to a study published in the Journal of He...

Liver Stiffness Measurement as a Potential Screening Tool for Liver-Related Events in HCV

The rate of advanced liver fibrosis in the community appears to be significant (16.5%) and often underdiagnosed; therefore, liver stiffness measurement is a feasible community screening tool that can be used to predict liver-related events, according to a study published in the Journal of Hepatology. Chronic hepatitis C is a major health issue that is responsible for more than 1.34 million deaths worldwide annually. Although early identification is associ

Fibroscan

FibroScan Alternative to Biopsy   Echosens™ Machine FIBROSCAN (also known as transient elastography, a technology developed by Echosens™ of Paris, France) poses the greatest competition to biopsy as it is non-invasive, less expensive, and (arguably) equally accurate in measuring degree of liver inflammation and fibrosis, particularly in the higher end of the Metavir scale (Stages 3 and 4).   Below you will find a Co

Tests & Results

The most common tests A variety of different tests are used to diagnose hepatitis C. These include: • HCV Antibody Test - This test is usually the first test, and only tells you if you have been ever been exposed to HCV. Usually this is a BLOOD TEST but other methods sometimes used are a rapid saliva test (from a mouth swab), and a dried blood spot test (from a finger prick) • HCV Viral Load Test or HCV RNA Test - This is the second test which you tak

Fibroscan update – New machine already installed in Victoria

The new Fibroscan machine is already installed at the Percuro Clinic in Victoria, and the nurses who will be using this non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy have been trained. They will be taking patient referrals in early 2013. Referrals are being taken primarily from liver specialists, so you must get your GP to refer you to a liver specialist if you want a Fibroscan. GPs who are prescribing and treating HCV patients directly may also refer, in some...

Vancouver Island getting FibroScan Machine in early 2013

In early 2013 Victoria's Percuro Clinic will start offering FibroScan (non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy) services on Vancouver Island. Appointments will be by referral to Percuro from a physician who treats hepatitis C. Currently, there are only three FibroScan machines in British Columbia, all in Vancouver: one at Vancouver General Hospital, another at Pacific Gastro Services and the last at the LAIR (Liver & Intestinal Research) Centre. This ...