Hey all, as some have seen previous posts I have made about Fibroscan results and the affiliated research associated with inflamation I wanted to add to it a bit. Three months ago I haf a fibroscan result of 58.9. Last week I had another test done and the kpa has dropped to 38. I finally had got to see an actual hepatology team and this is what I was told: The discussion that exists with fibroscan results relating to fibrosis staging is difficult for hepatologists to quantify. This is because alcoholic hepatitis and its effects are commonly over looked by other doctors. Often people are getting told they have cirrhosis because a fibroscan says so when in fact it is only a tool used to aid in the diagnosis of cirrhosis. I was told that it is impossible to diagnose cirrhosis with a fibroscan while the liver is in active hepatitis inflamation. The effects of alcoholic hepatitis on the machines results can be elevated for at least a year sometimes. Tho the google box says that inflamattion scores are only mildy affected on fibroscans for the most part. This is clearly not true. As my inflamation has dropped so has my score. Clearly as It has dropped 20 kpa in only three months. I was told by my team that they will not diagnose cirrhosis until at least a year has past and the dust has settled. HOWEVER 50ish percent of people with alcoholic hepatits have cirrhosis underlying. 50ish percent tho do not. Fibroscans can and are drastically influenced by inflamation. So I thought id pass this on as not only am I being told this by a yeam of hepotologists but a team of hepotoligists from one of the finest liver centres in all of Canada. And for the record they do not endorse the use of biopsies anymore for a myriad of reasons.
I hope this helps anyone in their research or anyone who might have had wanted to ask a hepotologist these things. We all struggle with this fibroscan result at somepoint it seems. So thats what I was educated on this week