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Systematic Review and Meta-analysis: Partial External Biliary Diversion in Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis

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Henkjan J. Verkade, Richard J. Thompson, Henrik Arnell, Björn Fischler, Per Göran Gillberg, Jan P. Mattsson, Kristina Torfgård, Erik Lindström

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-183
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Issue number2
Published1 Aug 2020

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OBJECTIVES: We assessed available data on impact of partial external biliary diversion (PEBD) surgery on clinical outcomes in patients with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC). METHODS: We performed a systematic literature review (PubMed) and meta-analysis to evaluate relationships between liver biochemistry parameters (serum bile acids, bilirubin, and alanine aminotransferase [ALT]) and early response (pruritus improvement) or long-term outcomes (need for liver transplant) in patients with PFIC who underwent PEBD. RESULTS: Searches identified 175 publications before September 2018; 16 met inclusion criteria. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis examined ability of liver biochemistry parameters to discriminate patients who demonstrated early and long-term response to PEBD from those who did not. Regarding pruritus improvement in 155 included patients in aggregate, 104 (67%) were responders, 14 (9%) had partial response, and 37 (24%) were nonresponders. In ROC analyses of individual patient data, post-PEBD serum concentration of bile acids, in particular, could discriminate responders from nonresponders for pruritus improvement (area under the curve, 0.99; P < 0.0001; n = 42); to a lesser extent, this was also true for bilirubin (0.87; P = 0.003; n = 31), whereas ALT could not discriminate responders from nonresponders for pruritus improvement (0.74; P = 0.06; n = 28). Reductions from pre-PEBD values in serum bile acid concentration (0.89; P = 0.0003; n = 32) and bilirubin (0.98; P = 0.002; n = 18) but not ALT (0.62; P = 0.46; n = 18) significantly discriminated decreased aggregate need for liver transplant. CONCLUSION: Changes in bile acids seem particularly useful in discriminating early and long-term post-PEBD outcomes and may be potential biomarkers of response to interruption of enterohepatic circulation in patients with PFIC.

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