Liver Stiffness is Associated with PSC Outcomes
In a recent paper, published in the Journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Eaton et al., found that measuring liver stiffness of patients suffering from PSC is associated with outcomes of the disease. "Monitoring liver stiffness with magnetic resonance elastography has prognostic value. Both baseline liver stiffness and changes in liver stiffness over time are associated with hepatic decompensation (i.e., failure of the liver). However, changes in liver stiffness are typically slow to occur unless advanced fibrosis is already present" Dr. Eaton said. This is the largest study of magnetic resonance elastography on PSC patients and introduces the utility of such non-invasive testing in future clinical trials of these patients.