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Smartphone Application Increases Safety in Liver Surgery

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A risk assessment before surgery is essential.

The APRI+ALBI score provides a comprehensive assessment of liver function, especially compared to classical liver function tests, which usually only assess the excretory capacity of the liver.

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An international team of researchers led by Patrick Starlinger at Austria's Medical University of Vienna developed a smartphone application that provides a personalized risk score for patients undergoing liver surgery.

The researchers based the multivariable model on basic patient traits and the aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index + albumin-bilirubin grade preoperative score.

The less-invasive model can predict liver failure at a level equivalent or superior to established liver function tests, much faster and at a fraction of the cost.

Starlinger said the free smartphone app "allows us to calculate our score and thus individualize the risk assessment of patients before liver resection. This sets a new standard in preoperative risk assessment and will significantly increase the safety of liver surgery for our patients."

From Medical University of Vienna (Austria)
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