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New study findings suggest that routine blood tests contain a "hidden fingerprint" that could identify people developing cirrhosis, as reported in This is Money.
UK researchers have developed an algorithm which could be used as a low-cost way for doctors to carry out large-scale screening using patient data they already hold, the news source said.
The Cirrhosis Using Standard tests (Cirrus) algorithm was used to analyse anonymised NHS data from blood tests from 600,000 patients.
It picked up 70% of people with cirrhosis potentially months or years before they would have a medical emergency with liver disease, and the accuracy rate of the test was about 90%.
Nick Sheron, of the Foundation for Liver Research, who started the study published in the journal BMJ Open, said the Cirrus algorithm "can find a fingerprint for cirrhosis in the common blood tests done routinely by GPs."
He added that "in most cases the data needed to find these patients already exists."
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