Routine blood tests contain `hidden fingerprint´ indicating liver cirrhosis - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • 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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