The reports of 26,879 autopsies performed at the Institute of Pathological Anatomy at the University of Trieste during 1876-85 (70% of all deaths that occurred in the Province) were examined, and 2563 cases of liver cirrhosis were found. Analysis of the sample allowed us to make the following conclusions: (i) The prevalence of cirrhosis at autopsy is high in Trieste and shows no tendency to decrease, as has been inferred by some clinical studies. (ii) The increasing average age at death over the decade studied appears to be unrelated to the new, early treatments adopted for hepatopathic patients, since a similar yearly increase in mean age at death was seen for the whole population of the Province. The combination of a high incidence of cirrhosis and increasing average age of patients will probably result in an increasing occurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma. (iii) The observed male:female ratio (2.3) is analogous to that of alcohol drinkers in the Province and thus suggests a role of alcohol abuse in the development of cirrhosis. The distribution of markers of hepatitis B virus in the population of Trieste, which is very similar in the two sexes, supports this hypothesis.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||IARC scientific publications|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|
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