Usefulness of a new prognostic index for alcoholic hepatitis.

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Usefulness of a new prognostic index for alcoholic hepatitis.

Arq Gastroenterol. 2015 Jan-Mar;52(1):22-6

Authors: Almeida JR, Araújo RC, Castilho GV, Stahelin L, Pandolfi Ldos R, Silva CQ

BACKGROUND: Alcoholic liver disease is a major cause of end-stage liver disease worldwide and severe forms of alcoholic hepatitis are associated with a high short-term mortality. Objectives To analyze the importance of age-bilirubin-INR-creatinine (ABIC) score as an index of mortality and predictor for complications in patients with alcoholic hepatitis. To evaluate its correlation with those complications, with risk of death, as well as the scores model for end stage liver disease (MELD) and Maddrey's discriminat function.
METHODS: A total of 46 medical records of patients who had been hospitalized with alcoholic hepatitis were assessed retrospectively with lab tests on admission and after seven days. Score calculations were carried out and analyzed as well.
RESULTS: The scores showed positive reciprocal correlation and were associated with both hepatic encephalopathy and ascites. ABIC index, which was classified as high risk, presented as a risk factor for these complications and for death. In univariate logistic regression analysis of mortality, the ABIC index at hospital admission odds ratio was 19.27, whereas after 7 days, it was 41.29. The average survival of patients with ABIC of low and intermediate risk was 61.1 days, and for those with high risk, 26.2 days.
CONCLUSIONS: ABIC index is a predictor factor for complications such as ascites and hepatic encephalopathy, as well as for risk of death. Thus, it is a useful tool for clinical practice.

PMID: 26017078 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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