A non-invasive method allows detecting a high frequency of undiagnosed chronic liver disease

Researchers at Hospital Clínic and IDIBAPS in collaboration with the USR Metropolitana Nord-IDIAP Jordi Gol, from the Catalan Institute of Health, have carried out a study to determine the frequency of chronic liver disease in the general population who show no signs of disease. They evaluated more than 3,000 people of whom about 4% had an undiagnosed advanced liver disease and at high risk of developing cirrhosis or liver cancer. The study was performed using the elastography, a non-invasive technique to measure liver fibrosis.