LIVER DISEASE SURVEY ON TAIWAN.
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT NO 2 TAIPEI (TAIWAN)
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The results of a review of liver biopsy tissue from 220 Chinese jaundiced individuals on Taiwan showed that the three most common diseases were viral hepatitis, postnecrotic cirrhosis, and hepatocarcinoma. The results of transaminase tests are given for 42 apparently well individuals. Biopsy examinations were performed on 40 of these. A total of 29 of the biopsy group were selected from a population of 1,399 individuals for further study based on the results of serum transaminase tests. All those with SGPT values over 40 units had some form of liver disease. Viral hepatitis was the most common diagnosis. Hepatitis was chronic on initial study or became so during the study period six months in almost half of the cases. Author