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Table 1 General characteristics of the patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

From: The progressive elevation of alpha fetoprotein for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with liver cirrhosis

Characteristics LC HCC P
Female 60% 46% 0.049
Male 40% 64%  
Age 51.7 ± 1.7 59.9 ± 0.96 0.001
Child-Pugh Score    
A 40% 47%  
B 42% 37.3% 0.48
C 18% 15%  
Etiology    
Alcoholic 11.2% 26%  
HBV 0% 7.2%  
HCV 45% 30% 0.001
Cryptogenic/autoimmune 32% 5.7%  
Undetermined or absent 11% 30.4%  
αFP 8.2 ± 2.2 271 ± 46 0.001
αFP > 400 0% 19.6% 0.001
Progressive monthly elevation 0.34 ± .161 62.3 ± 13.5 0.001
Increase of 5 ng/mL/month or greater 1.7% 76.2% 0.001