Journal article

Value of Bone Scans in Work-up of Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma for Liver Transplant

Numan Kutaiba, Zaid Ardalan, Kurvi Patwala, Eddie Lau, Mark Goodwin, Paul Gow

Transplantation Direct | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to review the value of bone scans (BS) in the assessment of bone metastases from early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients assessed or waiting for liver transplant (LTx). Methods: We reviewed BS studies performed at our center for patients with early-stage HCC either being assessed for LTx, or on the waiting list for LTx, from January 2010 to May 2017. The BS findings were classified as positive, equivocal, or negative. Correlation with final outcome based on clinical and radiological follow-up was performed. Results: There were 360 BS performed in 186 patients during the study period with a mean age of 58.7 years (range, 34.9-70.4 years..

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