Letter To The Editor
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World J Hepatol. Mar 27, 2019; 11(3): 330-334
Published online Mar 27, 2019. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v11.i3.330
Persistent elevation of fibrosis biomarker cartilage oligomeric matrix protein following hepatitis C virus eradication
Kristofer Andréasson, Göran Jönsson, Roger Hesselstrand, Hans Norrgren
Kristofer Andréasson, Roger Hesselstrand, Section of Rheumatology, Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Lund S-221 85, Sweden
Göran Jönsson, Hans Norrgren, Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Lund S-221 85, Sweden
Author contributions: Andréasson K, Jönsson G, Hesselstrand R and Norrgren H designed the study and wrote this letter; Norrgren H is in charge of the patients and performed the Fibroscan analyses; Andréasson K made the statistical analyses.
Supported by: Bengt Ihre Foundation, No. SLS-594-301 and SLS-789091.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare that they do not have anything to disclose regarding funding or conflict of interest with respect to this manuscript.
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Corresponding author: Kristofer Andréasson, MD, PhD, Reader (Associate Professor), Section of Rheumatology, Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Kioskgatan 3, Lund S-221 85, Sweden. kristofer.andreason@med.lu.se
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Received: January 13, 2019
Peer-review started: January 14, 2019
First decision: February 22, 2019
Revised: February 27, 2019
Accepted: March 16, 2019
Article in press: March 16, 2019
Published online: March 27, 2019
Core Tip

Core tip: Cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is a biomarker of fibrosis that has recently been introduced in the field of hepatology. COMP has also been associated with tumor development. This is the first prospective study of COMP in chronic liver disease. We confirm previous findings, relating S-COMP to liver cirrhosis. Eradication of hepatitis C was associated with improvements of liver function test and liver elasticity. In contrast, and unexpectedly, S-COMP remained unchanged in this cohort. We argue that the biomarker potential of COMP in chronic liver diseases needs further exploration, especially in reference to carcinoma development.