STUDY: Abstract: THU-062 Poor Awareness of Liver Disease Shortly Before Cirrhosis Death: Findings from a Large Community Cohort in the UK – H. Innes, et al.
Study Aims and Results: Viral hepatitis is largely asymptomatic in its early stages, and typically takes decades before the onset of cirrhosis of the liver. Early diagnosis is key to the prevention of severe liver damage. This research assessed the awareness of liver disease among cirrhosis decedents shortly before their death.
This large study evaluated data from 502,633 survey participants collected from 2006–2010. In that time, there were 372 deaths from cirrhosis, mostly related to alcohol use (74%). The cause of death was either directly from cirrhosis or indirectly from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Only 82 (22%) of those who died reported awareness of a liver-related condition at baseline.
Conclusions: The researchers concluded that identification of liver disease is low.
Editorial Comments: Again, if this is happening in a country that offers healthcare for all its citizens, what sort of results would we find in the United States.
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