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Liver. 1992 Jun;12(3):132-6.

Detection of proliferating hepatocytes by immunohistochemical staining for proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) in patients with acute hepatic failure.

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  • 1First Department of Internal Medicine, Yamaguchi University, School of Medicine, Japan.

Abstract

This study evaluated whether liver regeneration could take place after massive or submassive necrosis of liver cells in 25 patients with several kinds of hepatic failure by immunohistochemical staining for proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). PCNA positivity was significantly higher (P less than 0.01) in the patients who survived than in the patients who died. Furthermore, PCNA-positive hepatocytes were recognized diffusely in the lobule of the liver in survivors. There was positive correlation between PCNA positivity and plasma concentration of AFP (alpha-fetoprotein), (r = 0.77, P less than 0.01). These results show that liver regeneration could take place after massive necrosis of liver cells in survivors from acute hepatic failure and that immunohistochemical staining for PCNA is useful for prognostic evaluation.

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