Quantitative hepatic phosphorus-31 magnetic resonance spectroscopy in compensated and decompensated cirrhosis

I. R. Corbin, L. N. Ryner, H. Singh, G. Y. Minuk

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Few studies have examined the physiological/biochemical status of hepatocytes in patients with compensated and decompensated cirrhosis in situ. Phosphorus-31 magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P MRS) is a noninvasive technique that permits direct assessments of tissue bioenergetics and phospholipid metabolism. Quantitative 31P MRS was employed to document differences in the hepatic metabolite concentrations among patients with compensated and decompensated cirrhosis as well as healthy controls. All MRS examinations were performed on a 1.5-T General Electric Signa whole body scanner. The concentration of hepatic phosphorylated metabolites among patients with compensated cirrhosis (n = 7) was similar to that among healthy controls (n = 8). However, patients with decompensated cirrhosis (n = 6) had significantly lower levels of hepatic ATP compared with patients with compensated cirrhosis and healthy controls (P < 0.02 and P < 0.009, respectively) and a higher phosphomonoester/phosphodiester ratio than controls (P < 0.003). The results of this study indicate that metabolic disturbances in hepatic energy and phospholipid metabolism exist in patients with decompensated cirrhosis that are not present in patients with compensated cirrhosis or healthy controls. These findings provide new insights into the pathophysiology of hepatic decompensation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)G379-G384
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Issue number2 50-2
StatePublished - Aug 2004


  • ATP
  • Liver
  • Liver decompensation
  • Liver function
  • Metabolism
  • P magnetic resonance spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Physiology (medical)


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