Preoperative computed tomography and serum α-fetoprotein to predict microvascular invasion in hepatocellular carcinoma

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To determine the diagnostic value of computed tomography (CT) for prediction of microvascular invasion (MVI) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Preoperative CTs for 160 patients with 57 MVI-positive and 103 MVI-negative HCCs diagnosed by surgical pathology were reviewed retrospectively. CT parameters and serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) level were analyzed in SPSS 16.0. Although univariate analysis showed that tumor size (P = .012), grade (Z = −2.114, P = .034), and peritumoral enhancement (χ2 = 4.464, P = .035) were associated with MVI, multiple logistic regression analysis showed that capsular invasion (odds ratio [OR] = 23.469, P < .001), margins (OR = 6.751, P < .001), and serum AFP level (OR = 1.001, P = .038) were associated with MVI in HCC (P < .05). Radiographic hepatic capsular invasion and nonsmooth tumor margins identified by preoperative CT images, along with AFP levels greater than 232.2 ng/mL, are important predictors of MVI.

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