Non-invasive diagnosis of the liver : What is it

Our liver is often vastly overstretched: this is due to poor diet, alcohol, taking drugs, infection.Heaviness and pain in his right side and bitter taste in the mouth may be symptoms of liver diseases.However, not all of these diseases are accompanied by such obvious manifestations.To timely detect liver disease and to take action, preventive examinations should be regularly carried out.

One of the new methods of diagnosis - non-invasive (no penetration) diagnosis of the liver.This diagnosis of the health authority for a simple blood test.

liver - a unique multifunctional human body features which are closely connected with its complex anatomical structure.Investigation of the state of the liver and the diagnosis of a number of diseases it had previously been possible only by biopsy - extracting small "pieces" of the liver through the intercostal puncture.

However, this procedure may pose a threat to human life and has a number of drawbacks.These include compulsory hospitalization of the patient in

the hospital (five days), the unpleasant sensation of pain experienced by patients during and especially after surgery, the risk of damage to internal organs during biopsy.

In addition, during the intercostal puncture can not get into the focus of pathological changes in the liver, which will give a false result that the liver is not damaged.

Noninvasive diagnosis is an alternative to liver biopsy: it allows you to explore the entire organ without penetration and violation of bodily integrity.

technology such diagnosis is a complex of three types of tests - SteatoSkrin, FibroTest and FibroMaks (technique developed by BioPredictive, France).The survey is conducted on the basis of studies of serum and does not require a biopsy.Interestingly, the diagnosis of the liver blood test allows you to make the most accurate conclusion (the accuracy of the results of more than 95%).

particularly relevant for non-invasive diagnosis of those who underwent liver biopsy is contraindicated (eg, pregnant women, children, etc.).

liver This examination also may be recommended when:

  • overweight;
  • diabetes;
  • steatosis;
  • chronic hepatitis B or C;
  • hypertension;
  • liver failure;
  • metabolic disorders;
  • heart failure;
  • persons older than forty years.

important to remember that a timely diagnosis of liver disease will allow us to choose the appropriate therapy, which may prevent the effects of complications that occur in liver disease.

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