Last updated on February 2018

Stratification of Chronic Alcoholic Liver Diseases (SCALE Study)

Brief description of study

Recent years, the European Association for the Study of the Liver-chronic liver failure (EASL-CLIF) has defined and graded acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) based on CANONIC study which enrolled cirrhotic patients with acute decompensation. However, the characteristics and definitions of ACLF in non-cirrhotic patients with acute deterioration of liver function and organs injury or failure remain to be clear. As for patients who don't fulfil ACLF criteria, there might be a subgroup with high risk of progression (>25%) and a moderate 4-week mortality rate (>7%), which can be defined as "pre-ACLF", while the others are just chronic liver disease with "mere" liver injury or decompensation. This stratification system was primarily verified in a previous retrospective cohort which enrolled Hepatitis B patients only. The stratification criteria for chronic alcoholic liver disease needs to be further defined in detail. Therefore, investigators plan to prospectively recruit 3000 chronic alcoholic hospitalized patients with liver dysfunction from 24 hepatology departments in China, aiming to propose a stratified diagnostic system for chronic alcoholic patients based on organs injury. Meanwhile, risk factors of disease progression and short-term mortality will be analyzed, while characteristics and prognosis will be compared between patients with and without cirrhosis.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03295812

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