FREQUENCY OF HEPATOMA IN CIRRHOTIC POPULATION ATTENDING TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL KARACHI.
Objectives: To determine the frequency of hepatoma in patients with cirrhosis attending tertiary care hospital Karachi. Study Period: Six months July to December 2017. Study Design: Descriptive cross sectional study. Setting: Department of Gastroenterology, Liaquat National postgraduate Medical centre Karachi. Patients and Methods: The clinical history was taken from patients and ultrasound of liver was done to and mass if any and its size was noted. Noninvasive criteria for diagnosing hepatoma were utilized and all information was noted and entered in the proforma and analyzed in statistical software. Results: A total of 213 cases, 15.02% individual hepatitis B and 21.13% subject hepatitis C. Frequency of hepatoma in cirrhotic population detected as 10.33% (22/213). Rate of hepatoma was not significant among different age groups (p=0.202). Rate of hepatoma was also not significant between male and female (p=0.59). Conclusion: Persistent chronic viral hepatitis B and C infection with cirrhosis responsible for acquiring hepatoma.