Elevated serum plasma fibrinogen is associated with advanced tumor stage and poor survival in hepatocellular carcinoma patients

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Hyperfibrinogenemia has been reported to be a predictor of poor prognosis in cancer patients, and in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients, survival remains uncertain and unpredictable. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between the level of plasma fibrinogen and overall survival in HCC patients.

Overall, 308 patients with histologically proven HCC were included in our study. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify predictive risk factors for the rates of overall survival and tumor recurrence.

Patients in the high-fibrinogen-level group were more likely to have advanced stage HCC, portal vein invasion, and tumors that were greater in number and larger in diameter than were patients in the low-fibrinogen-level group (all P < .05). The long-term overall survival rate of patients in the high-fibrinogen group was much lower than that of patients in the normal-fibrinogen group (P = .008), and similar outcomes were observed in the subgroup of patients who underwent radical therapies for HCC (P = .003). The results of the univariate and multivariate analyses indicated that high plasma fibrinogen remained independently associated with poorer overall survival. In addition, high plasma fibrinogen levels were associated with nonresponse to transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) (P < .001).

Elevated plasma fibrinogen was independently associated with advanced HCC stage, poor prognosis, and nonresponse to TACE and may, therefore, serve as a valuable clinical biomarker for predicting prognosis in HCC patients.

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