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With colchicine, 9% of patients showed improvement on their Child-Turcotte-Pugh score during follow-up, 35% showed no change, and 56% showed disease progression.
Typically, the Child-Turcotte-Pugh score is used most often to predict survival in patients being considered for resection, said Dr.
The Child-Turcotte-Pugh score for the patients ranged from 5 to 9.
There appeared to be no correlation between the Child-Turcotte-Pugh score and death during surgery, said Dr.
Compared to the 108 patients undergoing other potentially curative therapy, the 27 patients undergoing OLT were younger, had higher Child-Turcotte-Pugh scores (used to assess liver function), and more often had multiple liver tumors, but were otherwise similar in disease etiology, frequency of alcohol abuse, and control of HIV infection.
However, slightly more patients on adefovir (67%) showed improvement, or no worsening, in their Child-Turcotte-Pugh scores, compared with 61% of those on entecavir.
The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD), established in 2002, replaced the previous method of stratifying patients for transplant, which was based on waiting list time, Child-Turcotte-Pugh scores, and hospital status (e.