What long-term monitoring is needed for patients with hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B) and cirrhosis?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with cirrhosis must be monitored for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by having their AFP levels checked every 6-12 months and undergoing surveillance with abdominal ultrasonography. [103]  Note, however, that AFP levels have been eliminated from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) guidelines. [37, 55]


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