Journal article

Non-invasive fibrosis algorithms are clinically useful for excluding cirrhosis in prisoners living with hepatitis C

Timothy Papaluca, Anne Craigie, Lucy McDonald, Amy Edwards, Michael MacIsaac, Jacinta A Holmes, Matthew Jarman, Tanya Lee, Hannah Huang, Andrew Chan, Mark Lai, Vijaya Sundararajan, Joseph S Doyle, Margaret Hellard, Mark Stoove, Jessica Howell, Paul Desmond, David Iser, Alexander J Thompson

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Prison-based HCV treatment rates remain low due to multiple barriers, including accessing transient elastography for cirrhosis determination. The AST-to-platelet ratio index (APRI) and FIB-4 scores have excellent negative predictive value (NPV) in hospital cohorts to exclude cirrhosis. We investigated their performance in a large cohort of prisoners with HCV infection. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of participants assessed by a prison-based hepatitis program. The sensitivity, specificity, NPV and positive predictive value (PPV) of APRI and FIB-4 for cirrhosis were then analysed, with transient elastography as the reference standard. The utility of age th..

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Funding Acknowledgements

TP received funding from an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the Department of Gastroenterology, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne;;!! LUsMDrd6!yF7XCdsDwModOT7ENzQHtsvv3l Aco8amgz6Bf0hZtRF8uM2Os3mbmU1by4H_ 6ApxdVSrzNSo$ AJT and MH received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowships 1142976 and 1112297.;!!LUsMDrd6!yF7XCdsDwModOT7ENzQHts vv3lAco8amgz6Bf0hZtRF8uM2Os3mbmU1by4H_ 6ApxdT5HBwwc$ JH is funded by a University of Melbourne CR Roper Fellowship and a NHMRC program grant.;!! LUsMDrd6!yF7XCdsDwModOT7ENzQHtsvv3 lAco8amgz6Bf0hZtRF8uM2Os3mbmU1by4H_ 6Apxdbmg15Ep$ This work was supported by NHMRC Program grant 1132902 and Partnership grant 1116161.;!!LUsMDrd6! yF7XCdsDwModOT7ENzQHtsvv3lAco8amgz6Bf0 hZtRF8uM2Os3mbmU1by4H_6ApxdT5HBwwc$ The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.