Journal Mobile

NC McAvoy, PC Hayes
Journal Issue: 
Volume 36: Issue 1: 2006




The intake of coffee and caffeine has been shown epidemiologically to be  associated  with  improved  liver  function  tests, mainly  in  the  form  of  alanine transaminase  and  gamma  glutamyl  transferase, a  reduction  in  the  incidence  of cirrhosis  and  hepatocellular  carcinoma.  These  observations  suggest  that  coffee drinking is protective to the liver.  Hepatocellular carcinoma is a common tumour worldwide  and  amenable  to  both  primary  and  secondary  preventive  strategies. Surveillance  for  hepatocellular  carcinoma  by  six-monthly  alpha  fetoprotein  and ultrasound scanning in patients with cirrhosis is essential.