Combined acoustic radiation force impulse, aminotransferase to platelet ratio index and Forns index assessment for hepatic fibrosis grading in hepatitis B
Chang-Feng Dong, Han-Ying Li, Division of Ultrasound, Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, Shenzhen 518112, China
Jia Xiao, Ling-Bo Shan, Gui-Lin Yang, Jing Liu, Si-Min Yao, Sha-Xi Li, Jing Yuan, Bo-Ping Zhou, Ying-Xia Liu, National Key Disciplines for Infectious Diseases, Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, Shenzhen 518112, China
Jia Xiao, Yong-Jia Xiong, Department of Immunobiology, Institute of Tissue Transplantation and Immunology, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, Guangdong Province, China
Xiao-Hua Le, Department of Pathology, Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, Shenzhen 518112, China
George L Tipoe, School of Biomedical Sciences, LKS Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Author contributions: Xiao J, Li HY and Liu YX are the guarantors of integrity of entire study; all authors contributed to study concepts/study design or data acquisition or data analysis/interpretation; all authors contributed to manuscript drafting or manuscript revision for important intellectual content; all authors gave approval of final version of submitted manuscript; Dong CF, Shan LB, Yang GL, Liu J, Yao SM, Le XH, Yuan J and Liu YX contributed to clinical studies; Dong CF, Li HY, Xiong YJ, Li SX and Liu YX contributed to statistical analysis; Dong CF, Xiao J, Xiong YJ, Zhou BP, Tipoe GL and Liu YX contributed to manuscript editing; Dong CF, Xiao J and Shan LB contributed equally to this work.
Supported by Shenzhen Municipal Science and Technology Innovation Fund, Nos. CXZZ20130322170220544 and JCYJ20140411112047885.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee Office of Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital.
Informed consent statement: All study participants, or their legal guardian, provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: There are no conflicts of interest to report.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: George L Tipoe, MD, PhD, School of Biomedical Sciences, LKS Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: January 8, 2016
Peer-review started: January 8, 2016
First decision: February 26, 2016
Revised: March 8, 2016
Accepted: April 20, 2016
Article in press: April 22, 2016
Published online: May 18, 2016