Objective: To investigate if there is difference in hepatic segmental volume distribution according to causes of liver cirrhosis (LC) using computed tomography volumetric analysis.
Methods: On computed tomographic scans, hepatic segmental volumes were measured in 90 patients with LC of 4 different causes (alcohol, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and cryptogenic cirrhosis). The volumetric indices were compared.
Results: The volume proportion of the lateral segment in the liver in patients with HBV was significantly higher than in the patients with HCV (P = 0.038). Hepatic volume distribution in alcoholic LC showed differences: larger caudate lobe volume than HBV- and HCV-induced LC (P = 0.029 and P = 0.031), larger right lobe volume (P = 0.043) and smaller proportion of the lateral segment in the liver (P = 0.003) than in HBV-induced LC.
Conclusions: Computed tomography volumetric analysis showed differences in hepatic segmental volume distribution in cirrhotic patients according to causes of LC.
From the Department of Radiology, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Jung-Gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea.
Received for publication December 3, 2011; accepted January 12, 2012.
Reprints: Yun-Jin Jang, MD, Department of Radiology, Kyungpook National University Hospital, 200 Dongduk-Ro, Jung-Gu, Daegu 700–721, Republic of Korea (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors report no conflicts of interest.