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A Pilot Study of Hepatic Fibrosis in HIV/AIDS Patients with Chronically Elevated Transaminases on Antiretroviral Therapy
The National Institutes of Health is conducting a research study to evaluate HIV-positive patients, aged 18 and older (without hepatitis B or C co-infection), with chronically elevated hepatic transaminases while on HAART for evidence of fibrosis or other liver pathology by examining liver biopsy specimens. The study will include a screening visit, physical exam, laboratory tests, abdominal CT, and a liver biopsy procedure. A specialized ultrasound to look at liver stiffness may also be performed. There will be up to four visits prior to liver biopsy and four follow-up visits after biopsy.
We will obtain a liver biopsy (a sample of tissue) for examination. A liver biopsy is the only reliable way to assess how much damage there is to the liver. We will perform radiologic studies, including a CT scan. We will also collect blood. Volunteers will be compensated.
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Last Updated October 26, 2011