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STUDENT IJMR
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 144  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 935-937

Echocardiographic abnormalities in cirrhosis & their correlation with severity of cirrhosis using Child-Pugh score among patients in a tertiary care hospital


1 Department of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
3 Department of Cardiovascular Technology, School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS), Manipal, India
4 Department of Cardiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
5 Department of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Correspondence Address:
Navin Patil
Department of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 576 104, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_1486_15

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Background & objectives: Child-Pugh score (CPS) is a widely used prognostic marker in cases of cirrhosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the role of this score in the quantification of severity of PAH is not well studied. In mild cases, echocardiography is more sensitive. This study was done to assess the association between echocardiography and severity of cirrhosis using CPS. Methods: A cross-sectional study was done from April to June 2014 in 42 patients with cirrhosis using a pre-tested semi-structured interview schedule. Results: There was no significant association between echocardiographic changes and CPS in patients with liver cirrhosis. Interpretation & conclusions: Advising an echocardiographic evaluation may prove beneficial in patients of Child-Pugh Grades B and C. However, more extensive studies are required to confirm the same.


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