Simple Noninvasive Scores Are Clinically Useful to Exclude, Not Predict, Advanced Fibrosis: A Study in Turkish Patients with Biopsy-Proven Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease


Kaya E., Bakir A., KANİ H. T. , DEMİRTAŞ C. Ö. , KEKLİKKIRAN Ç., YILMAZ Y.

GUT AND LIVER, cilt.14, sa.4, ss.486-491, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 14 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5009/gnl19173
  • Dergi Adı: GUT AND LIVER
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.486-491

Özet

Background/Aims: Advanced fibrosis (F >= 3) indicates poor outcomes in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Here, we examined the diagnostic performance of the fibrosis-4 index (FIB-4) and NAFLD fibrosis score (NFS) for detecting (or excluding) advanced fibrosis in patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD. Methods The diagnostic performance of each non-invasive test according to previously identified cutoff points indicating low and high risk for advanced fibrosis was determined in 463 patients with NAFLD. Patients who scored <1.3 and >2.67 on the FIB-4 were considered at low and high risk for advanced fibrosis, respectively. Patients who scored <-1.455 and >0.676 on the NFS were considered at low and high risk for advanced fibrosis, respectively. Results: Eighty-one patients (17.5%) had biopsy-proven advanced fibrosis (F >= 3). The published FIB-4 cutoff values for low and high risk were able to exclude advanced fibrosis with negative predictive values (NPVs) of 0.907 and 0.843 and specificities of 74% and 97%, respectively. The published NFS cutoff values for low and high risk were able to exclude advanced fibrosis with NPVs of 0.913 and 0.842 and specificities of 63% and 96%, respectively. If biopsies were performed in only patients with a FIB-4 above the low cutoff point (>= 1.3), 67.1% could be avoided. Conversely, if biopsies were performed in only patients with an NFS above the low cutoff point (>=-1.455), 57.0% could be avoided. Conclusions: The main clinical utility of the FIB-4 and NFS in patients with NAFLD lies in the ability to exclude, not identify, advanced fibrosis.