Indexed on: 13 Jul '18Published on: 13 Jul '18Published in: Zhonghua gan zang bing za zhi = Zhonghua ganzangbing zazhi = Chinese journal of hepatology
Liver cirrhosis is the end-stage change of chronic liver diseases with various causative factors. The accurate diagnosis of liver cirrhosis in an early stage is very important for the timely treatment and prognosis of patients. A liver biopsy test is the gold standard for the diagnosis of liver cirrhosis; but its use is limited in clinical practices due to its invasive nature. The conventional non-invasive measures (APRI, FIB-4 and LSM) for diagnosis of liver cirrhosis could not fulfill the needs. Therefore, finding a new serological marker of liver cirrhosis has become a research hotspot. Based on literature review and our own results, we suggest that serum GP73 as the most potential serum marker for liver cirrhosis diagnosis. This review briefly introduces the application of serum GP73 in the diagnosis of liver cirrhosis and the potential mechanism relevant to its involvement in the development of liver cirrhosis.