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Preoperative TNM-classification is a better prognostic indicator for recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma after liver transplantation than albumin mRNA in peripheral blood. Liver Transplant Oncology Group.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Hepatology
0168-8278
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
3
Pages
497–503
Identifiers
PMID: 9551689
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Detection of albumin mRNA in peripheral blood by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction seems to be an unreliable marker for assessing hematogenous spread of hepatocellular carcinoma. With International Union against Cancer stage IV A being a much better predictor of tumor recurrence, the practical value of albumin mRNA reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction for patient selection in liver transplant candidates seems to be very limited.

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