Background Measurement of portal inflow and portal-systemic shunt using cholate clearances could be useful in monitoring patients with liver disease.
Aim To examine relationships of cholate clearances and shunt to cirrhosis and varices and to define minimal sampling requirements.
Methods Five hundred forty-eight studies were performed in 282 patients enrolled in the Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-term Treatment to prevent Cirrhosis (HALT-C) trial. Stable, non-radioactive isotopes of cholate were administered intravenously and orally, clearances (Cliv and Cloral) were calculated from [dose/area under curve (AUC)] and cholate shunt from [(AUCoral:AUCiv) x (Doseiv:Doseoral) x 100%].
Results Cholate Cloral and cholate shunt correlated with prevalences of both cirrhosis and varices (P < 0.0001 for all). Peripheral venous sampling at 5, 20, 45, 60 and 90 min defined the minimal model. Linear regression of cholate shunt determined from five points within 90 min vs. the standard method of 14 points over 3 h yielded slope of 1.0 and intercept 0.5% (r2 = 0.98, P < 0.0001). Results were identical in the 189 validation studies (slope 1.0, intercept 0.5%, r2 = 0.99, P < 0.0001).
Conclusions Cholate Cloral and cholate shunt may be useful in monitoring patients with liver disease. The 5-point model enhances application of cholate Cloral and cholate shunt in the non-invasive assessment of the portal circulation.