Journal of Korean Society of Medical Ultrasound 2000;19(4): 239-243.
US in Liver Cirrhosis: Diagnostic Usefulness of Transverse Diameter of Segment 4.
Jeong Cheol Choi, Dae Hyun Kim, Ki Taek Hong, Jung Ah Choi, Baek Hyun Kim, Cheol Min Park, In Ho Cha
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, College of Medicine, Korea University.
  Published online: January 1, 2001.
PURPOSE: We evaluated the usefulness of transverse diameter of segment 4 on Ultrasound (US) as an index for diagnosis of liver cirrhosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 138 patients with documented liver cirrhosis underwent US. The transverse diameter of segment 4 was measured as the distance between the medial wall of the GB and major fissure or U point of left portal vein by subcostal scan. The transverse diameter of segment 4 was measured on US in 166 control subjects without liver cirrhosis as well. RESULTS: The mean transverse diameter of segment 4 was 25.6 +/- 6.3mm in the patients group and 36.3 +/- 6.2mm in the control group (t-test, p < 0.05). When we used 30mm as cut-off value, the sensitivity and specificity in predicting the presence of liver cirrhosis were 80% and 88%, respectively. And the positive predictive value and the negative predictive value were 86% and 85%, respectively. CONCLUSION: Transverse diameter of segment 4 on US was easy to measure and was a reliable index for volume reduction of segment 4. Measurement of the transverse diameter of segment 4 was helpful in the diagnosis of liver cirrhosis.
Keywords: Liver, cirrhosis; Liver, size; Liver, US
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