It is well established that obesity is associated with higher risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the general population.1 However, it is unclear whether body mass index (BMI [calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared]) is associated with the risk of HCC in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection because previous studies have reported inconsistent results.2,3 In this study, using data from a large nationwide, population-based cohort database, we provide clinical evidence on the association between BMI and development of HCC among men and women with chronic HBV infection.
Kim K, Choi S, Park SM. Association of High Body Mass Index and Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection: A Korean Population-Based Cohort Study. JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(5):737–739. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.0035
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