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J Cyst Fibros. 2013 Sep;12(5):431-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2012.12.013. Epub 2013 Jan 27.

Non-invasive measurement of liver and pancreas fibrosis in patients with cystic fibrosis.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine 1, J.W. Goethe-University Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany.



Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) have a relevant morbidity and mortality caused by CF-related liver-disease. While transient elastography (TE) is an established elastography method in hepatology centers, Acoustic-Radiation-Force-Impulse (ARFI)-Imaging is a novel ultrasound-based elastography method which is integrated in a conventional ultrasound-system. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of liver-fibrosis in patients with CF using TE, ARFI-imaging and fibrosis blood tests.


106 patients with CF were prospectively included in the present study and received ARFI-imaging of the left and right liver-lobe, ARFI of the pancreas TE of the liver and laboratory evaluation.


The prevalence of liver-fibrosis according to recently published best practice guidelines for CFLD was 22.6%. Prevalence of significant liver-fibrosis assessed by TE, ARFI-right-liver-lobe, ARFI-left-liver-lobe, Fibrotest, Fibrotest-corrected-by-haptoglobin was 17%, 24%, 40%, 7%, and 16%, respectively. The best agreement was found for TE, ARFI-right-liver-lobe and Fibrotest-corrected-by-haptoglobin. Patients with pancreatic-insufficiency had significantly lower pancreas-ARFI-values as compared to patients without.


ARFI-imaging and TE seem to be promising non-invasive methods for detection of liver-fibrosis in patients with CF.

Copyright © 2013 European Cystic Fibrosis Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


ARFI; CF; Cirrhosis; Liver stiffness; Mucoviscidosis

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