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Alcohol Alcohol. 2003 Mar-Apr;38(2):148-50.

Ethnic differences in cirrhosis of the liver in a British city: alcoholic cirrhosis in South Asian men.

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Gastroenterology Unit, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK.

Abstract

AIMS AND METHODS:

We studied the ethnic origin of cirrhotic patients retrospectively over the 14-year period 1987-2000 and compared the ethnic make-up of the cirrhotic patients with the ethnic make-up of the local catchment population.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

Of 381 cirrhotics, 64.1% were white, 29.1% South Asian, 4.7% Afro-Caribbeans and 2.1% other races. These proportions were different from those of the local community in that South Asians were over-represented and Afro-Caribbeans were under-represented. Alcohol was the commonest cause of cirrhosis (60.9%) and South Asian non-Moslem males with alcoholic cirrhosis were over-represented and were younger at diagnosis than white alcoholic cirrhotics.

PMID:
12634262
DOI:
10.1093/alcalc/agg040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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