[Early diagnosis of liver diseases]

Internist (Berl). 2005 Apr;46(4):411-20. doi: 10.1007/s00108-005-1378-9.
[Article in German]


In Germany, liver diseases are the leading cause of death through illness among 30 to 45 year olds. Most are chronic diseases and timely preventative or therapeutic measures could avert their manifestation or at least the following complications. Currently, screening for liver diseases is focused on specific groups at risk such as patients with alcohol abuse, relatives of patients with a genetic disease or individuals at risk of an infection with a viral hepatitis. For some diseases, studies have been started to test the practicability of population screening, which has already been successfully implemented for Hepatitis B and C in blood donors. Screening is also recommended for advanced liver disease. It helps to detect the development of cirrhosis and its complications namely varices and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnostic Errors / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Germany / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Liver Diseases / classification
  • Liver Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Liver Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Liver Diseases / prevention & control
  • Liver Diseases / therapy
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • Risk Factors
  • Time Factors