Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) has been demonstrated to be a marker of prolonged heavy alcohol consumption. We compared this marker with γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT) and mean corpuscular volume (MCV) in alcohol and nonalcohol abusers with liver disease. Our results confirm that the sensitivity of CDT in alcoholics is high, although lower than that of GGT and MCV; however, the specificity of CDT was higher than that of the other two markers. This finding supports the notion that CDT is only partially influenced by the presence of liver damage, whereas increases of GGT and MCV are greatly affected by several factors, including liver damage and drugs. Moreover, we observed that the sensitivity and the specificity of CDT were greater than those of GGT and MCV in younger drinkers.

Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin in alcohol and nonalcohol abusers with liver disease / M. Meregalli, V. Giacomini, S. Lino, L. Marchetti, T. DeFeo, M.D. Cappellini, G. Fiorelli. - In: ALCOHOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH. - ISSN 0145-6008. - 19:6(1995 Dec), pp. 1525-1527.

Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin in alcohol and nonalcohol abusers with liver disease

M. Meregalli
Primo
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L. Marchetti;M.D. Cappellini
Penultimo
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G. Fiorelli
Ultimo
1995-12

Abstract

Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) has been demonstrated to be a marker of prolonged heavy alcohol consumption. We compared this marker with γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT) and mean corpuscular volume (MCV) in alcohol and nonalcohol abusers with liver disease. Our results confirm that the sensitivity of CDT in alcoholics is high, although lower than that of GGT and MCV; however, the specificity of CDT was higher than that of the other two markers. This finding supports the notion that CDT is only partially influenced by the presence of liver damage, whereas increases of GGT and MCV are greatly affected by several factors, including liver damage and drugs. Moreover, we observed that the sensitivity and the specificity of CDT were greater than those of GGT and MCV in younger drinkers.
Adult ; Aged ; Aged, 80 and over ; Alcoholism ; Biological Markers ; Erythrocyte Indices ; Female ; Humans ; Liver Diseases, Alcoholic ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Predictive Value of Tests ; Reference Values ; Transferrin ; gamma-Glutamyltransferase
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