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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 7, 2017; 23(1): 1-10
Published online Jan 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i1.1
Clinical role of non-invasive assessment of portal hypertension
Massimo Bolognesi, Marco Di Pascoli, David Sacerdoti
Massimo Bolognesi, Marco Di Pascoli, David Sacerdoti, Department of Medicine, University of Padova, I-35128 Padova, Italy
Author contributions: Bolognesi M wrote the manuscript; Di Pascoli M and Sacerdoti D contributed to the intellectual content and revision of the manuscript; all authors approved the final version of the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors have no conflict of interests.
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Correspondence to: Massimo Bolognesi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Padova, Azienda Ospedaliera Università di Padova, Clinica Medica 5, Via Giustininani 2, I-35128 Padova, Italy. massimo.bolognesi@unipd.it
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Received: August 22, 2016
Peer-review started: August 24, 2016
First decision: September 12, 2016
Revised: September 27, 2016
Accepted: October 30, 2016
Article in press: October 31, 2016
Published online: January 7, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: This Editorial analyzes the newest and promising methods for estimating portal pressure non-invasively in cirrhotic patients with portal hypertension. Measurements of liver and spleen stiffness, combined with Doppler ultrasound evaluation, allow for the identification of patients without clinically-significant portal hypertension and are also promising for estimation of the degree of portal pressure in patients with portal hypertension.