Comparison of collagen proportionate areas in liver fibrosis quantification between chronic hepatitis B and C

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Few studies have compared the distinct hepatic collagen morphometrics of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and chronic hepatitis C (CHC). This study compared the discrepancies between CHB and CHC in liver fibrosis (F) quantification by using the collagen proportionate area (CPA) and liver stiffness (LS) measured with shear wave velocity (SWV).This study enrolled 274 eligible consecutive patients diagnosed with CHB (n = 137) or CHC (n = 137). Their ages ranged from 20 to 80 years (median = 50). In total, 154 patients (56.2%) were male. Participant LS was measured by using acoustic radiation force impulse elastography preceding an immediate percutaneous liver biopsy. The total proportion of the collagen stained with picrosirius red to the total tissue area was expressed as the CPA percentage, which was stratified into portal–bridging (PB) and perisinusoidal (PS) proportionate areas (PAs).Based on the METAVIR F staging system, 36 (26.3%), 36 (26.3%), 28 (20.4%), and 37 (27.0%) participants in the CHB group and 34 (24.8%), 45 (32.9%), 34 (24.8%), and 24 (17.5%) participants in the CHC group were staged as F1, F2, F3, and F4, respectively. Both the total CPAs and PBPAs were significantly (P < 0.05) higher in the CHC group than in the CHB group within all F-stratified subgroups. The SWVs were significantly (P < 0.05) higher in the CHC group than in the CHB group only within the F2, F3, and F4 subgroups. However, the PSPAs did not differ significantly between the CHC and CHB groups within all subgroups. Multiple regression analysis revealed that viral hepatitis etiology (P < 0.001), METAVIR F stages (P < 0.001), and platelet count (P = 0.007) were independent factors correlated with the CPA (R2 = 0.543, P < 0.001).In conclusion, both the F stage-stratified CPAs and SWVs tended to be higher in cases of CHC than in those of CHB. The type of viral hepatitis significantly affected both the CPA and SWV values. The PBPAs were more closely correlated with F stages and SWV than were the PSPAs.

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