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Am J Gastroenterol. 2012 Dec;107(12):1862-71. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2012.331. Epub 2012 Oct 2.

Liver stiffness measurement using XL probe in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.



Liver stiffness measurement (LSM) by transient elastography is a noninvasive test of liver fibrosis, but cannot be performed in a significant proportion of obese patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of the new XL probe in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).


Liver biopsy and paired LSM by both the original M probe and XL probe were performed on 193 consecutive NAFLD patients in France and Hong Kong.


Compared with M probe, XL probe was more likely to achieve 10 valid measurements (95% vs. 81%; P<0.001) and a success rate of over 60% (90% vs. 74%; P<0.001). The areas under receiver operating characteristics curves of XL probe for F2, F3, and F4 disease were 0.80, 0.85, and 0.91, respectively. XL probe tended to generate lower LSM than M probe in the same patient. At a cutoff of 7.2 kPa, the sensitivity, specificity, positive, and negative predictive values for F3 or greater disease were 78%, 78%, 60%, and 89%, respectively. Discordance of at least two stages between XL probe and histology was observed in 16 (9%) patients. Body mass index (BMI) over 35 kg/m(2) was independently associated with discordance (adjusted odds ratio 9.09; 95% confidence interval 1.10-75.43). Reliable measurements by XL probe were obtained in 75% of the overall population and 65% of patients with BMI over 30 kg/m(2).


LSM by XL probe can be performed successfully in most NAFLD patients, but obesity is associated with less accurate and reliable measurements.

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