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(4) chronological types of chronic liver pathology

•Advanced Liver Disease
•Chronic Liver Disease (CLD)
•Cirrhosis (clinical and histological meaning)
•End-stage Liver Disease (ESLD)


List (7) key functions of the liver

•Synthesis of clotting factors (except factor 8)
•Glucose homeostasis-gluconeogenesis, glycogen storage
•Albumin synthesis
•Conjugation and clearance of bilirubin
•NH3 metabolism- the urea cycle
•Drug metabolism and clearance
•Immune - dealing with gut derived bacteria and bacterial products


What are the (3) types of pictures of liver enzyme patterns?

1. Hepatocellular injury or necrosis
–Elevation of transaminases - ALT and AST
–ALT predominantly from liver, AST from many sites
–Very high ALTs in acute viral hepatitis, acute drug toxicity, ischaemia

2. Intra or extra hepatic cholestasis
–Elevation of alkaline phosphatase (also produced in other tissues esp bone)
–Elevation of gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT)
–High ALP, GGT with minor elevation of transaminases typical of biliary obstruction, liver infiltration, cholestatic reactions to drugs

3. Mixed picture
–Seen in many forms of liver disease eg alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease


How do you diagnose CLD?
- (4) symptoms
- (3) clinical signs
- (5) Ix

CLD may be suspected if risk factors present

–Fatigue, weight loss (muscle) or gain (ascites)
–Bleeding (haematemesis from varices)
–Abdominal distension (ascites)
–Confusion (encephalopathy)

•Clinical signs:
–Spider naevi

•LFT’s (may be normal)
–Low albumin
–Raised bilirubin
–AST>ALT (AST not routine)

–Prolonged INR (or high normal 1.2-1.3)
–Low platelets (or low normal, eg


What (3) do you look for on examination in chronic liver disease?

1. Stigmata of chronic liver disease

2. Signs of an underlying aetiology

3. Signs of decompensation


What (7) are Stigmata of chronic liver disease?

- Clubbing (arterial hypoxaemia)
- Leuconychia (hypoalbuminaemia)
- Palmar erhythema (excess oestrogen/altered microvasculature)
- Dupuytren's contracture (chronic liver disease due to alcohol)
- Parotidmegaly (alcoholism)
- Spider naevi (blanches on compression. Pathognomonic of cirrhosis if multiple)
- Gynaecomastia


What (4) can cause Dupuytren's contracture?

- Chronic liver disease (alcohol)
- Manual labour
- Anti-epileptics
- Diabetes


How many spider naevi is abnormal and what does it indicate?

>2 abnormal

pathognomonic of cirrhosis if multiple


(2) causes of gynaecomastia

- imbalance of estrogen:testosterone ratio
- secondary to medication e.g. spironolactone


Signs of DECOMPENSATION of chronic liver disease

- Jaundice
- Ascites/oedema
- Coagulopathy (reduced clotting factors, thrombocytopenia)
- Variceal bleeding
- Hepatorenal syndrome


What could cause jaundice?

- gallstones
- portal vein thrombosis


Mechanism of ascites

Combination of reduced oncotic pressure (low albumin) + increased portal pressure


Ix of liver pathology

- hepatitis A, B and C serology
- ANCA (anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody) for primary sclerosing cholangitis and autoimmune hepatitis
- AMA (PBC), ASMA (anti-smooth muscle antibody), ALKM (anti-liver kidney microsomal antibody) for autoimmune hepatitis
- Ultrasound


Briefly describe the histological progression from F0 to cirrhosis (F4)

F0 = normal
F 1 = peri-portal fibrosis, no septa

F 2 = peri-portal fibrosis with a few septa

F 3 = numerous septa, no architectural distortion

F 4 = architectural distortion & nodule formation


What are the big 3 causes of liver pathology?



What are the (3) autoimmune liver pathology?

–Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH)
–Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC)
–Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)


What are the (3) metabolic liver pathology?

–Haemochromatosis (iron overload)
–Wilson’s disease (copper)
–Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency


What are the other (3) causes of liver pathology in the rule of 3's?

–Fatty liver disease (NASH)
–Budd-Chiari (hepatic vein thrombosis)
–Chronic biliary obstruction
•eg tumour, cystic fibrosis


What is hepatocellular carcinoma also known as?

Hepatoma (NOT benign)


List (7) consequences of liver dysfunction

1. Low levels of albumin/ clotting factors: coagulopathy, bleeding, ascites, oedema
2. Failure to excrete bilirubin: jaundice
3. Build up of waste products (ammonia): encephalopathy
4. Portal Hypertension: ascites, splenomegaly, varices (+/- bleeding)
5. Hepatorenal syndrome: essentially renal failure due to CLD
6. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC): also in HBV in absence of cirrhosis
7. Metabolic failure: hypoglycaemia (late), feminisation


What does hepatic failure refer to?

presence of porto-systemic encephalopathy (PSE)


In a chronic liver disease patient, what Ix should the pt have before a TOE procedure before a cardiac operation?

gastroscopy to screen for oesophageal varices


(5) components in the Child-Pugh classification

- encephalopathy
- ascites
- Albumin
- Bilirubin


Mx of CLD with hepatic hydrothorax (ascites which tracks into pleural space)

•Increased diuretics with spironolactone and frusemide
•Occasional drainage via ultrasound
•Replacement of fluid with IV concentrated albumin (NOT normal saline)


Mx of CLD
- treating the cause
- Mx & prevention of Cx

•Treating the cause

•Managing and preventing complications
–Bleeding varices
–Ascites (spontaneous bacterial peritonitis-SBP)
–Hepatorenal syndrome
–Hepatocellular carcinoma


Mx of alcoholic hepatitis

Alcohol – abstinence
–? Inpatient detox/ withdrawal
–Support/ counselling
–Pharmacological (anti-craving medications)


Mx of HBV hepatitis

– oral nucleos(t)ide analogues
– peg-interferon (IFN)


Mx of HCV hepatitis

– peg-IFN + ribavirin +/- new agents
– not if decompensated CLD


Mx of haemochromatosis

Venesection (drawing or removing blood from the circulatory system)


Mx of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH)

Prednisolone +/- azathioprine/mercaptopurine

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