Liver Stiffness Measured by Either Magnetic Resonance or Transient Elastography Is Associated with Liver Fibrosis and Is an Independent Predictor of Outcomes among Patients with Primary Biliary Cholangitis

Karim T. Osman, Daniel B. Maselli, Ilkay S. Idilman, Daniel J. Rowan, Jason K. Viehman, William S. Harmsen, Denise M. Harnois, Elizabeth J. Carey, Andrea A. Gossard, Nicholas F. Larusso, Keith D. Lindor, Sudhakar K. Venkatesh, John E. Eaton

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Abstract

Goals: We aimed to describe the diagnostic and prognostic performance of transient elastography (TE) and magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) in patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Background: The diagnostic performance of TE and MRE in detecting advanced fibrosis in PBC and in predicting outcomes independent of existing serologic prognostic markers is incompletely understood. Materials and Methods: Five hundred thirty-eight consecutive patients with PBC at 3 centers with liver stiffness (LS) measurements by TE (n=286) or MRE (n=332) were reviewed. LS cutoffs for predicting fibrosis stages were determined by receiver operating characteristic curves among those with a liver biopsy (TE, n=63; MRE, n=98). Cox proportional hazard regression modeling was used to identify associations between covariates and hepatic decompensation. Results: The optimal LS thresholds for predicting histologic stage F4 were 14.40 kPa (area under the curve=0.94) for TE and 4.60 kPa (area under the curve=0.82) for MRE. Both TE and MRE outperformed biochemical markers for the prediction of histologic advanced fibrosis. Optimal LS thresholds to predict hepatic decompensation were 10.20 kPa on TE and 4.30 kPa on MRE. LS by TE and MRE (respectively) remained predictors of hepatic decompensation after adjusting for ursodeoxycholic acid responsiveness [hazard ratio (HR), 1.14; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.05-1.24 and HR, 1.68; 95% CI, 1.28-2.19] and the GLOBE score (HR, 1.13; 95% CI, 1.07-1.19 and HR, 2.09; 95% CI, 1.57-2.78). Conclusion: LS measurement with either TE or MRE can accurately detect advanced fibrosis and offers additional prognostic value beyond existing serologic predictive tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-457
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of clinical gastroenterology
Volume55
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • liver stiffness
  • magnetic resonance elastography
  • primary biliary cholangitis
  • transient elastography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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