Applicability and precautions of use of liver injury biomarker FibroTest. A reappraisal at 7 years of age.

BMC gastroenterology

Poynard T, Munteanu M, Deckmyn O, Ngo Y, Drane F, Messous D, Castille JM, Housset C, Ratziu V, Imbert-Bismut F

2011 BMC Gastroenterol Volume 11 Issue None

PubMed 21492460 DOI 10.1186/1471-230X-11-39

FibroTest ActiTest Reliability False Positive/Negative HCV HBV HIV co-infected Metabolic Diseases Alcohol Other liver Disease Fibrosis Blood donors


FibroTest (FT) is a validated biomarker of fibrosis. To assess the applicability rate and to reduce the risk of false positives/negatives (RFPN), security algorithms were developed. The aims were to estimate the prevalence of RFPN and of proven failures, and to identify factors associated with their occurrences.


Four populations were studied: 954 blood donors (P1), 7,494 healthy volunteers (P2), 345,695 consecutive worldwide sera (P3), including 24,872 sera analyzed in a tertiary care centre (GHPS) (P4). Analytical procedures of laboratories with RFPN > 5% and charts of P4 patients in with RFPN were reviewed.


The prevalence of RFPN was 0.52% (5/954; 95%CI 0.17-1.22) in P1, 0.51% (38/7494; 0.36-0.70) in P2, and 0.97% (3349/345695; 0.94-1.00) in P3. Three a priori high-risk populations were confirmed: 1.97% in P4, 1.77% in HIV centre and 2.61% in Sub-Saharan origin subjects. RFPN was mostly associated with low haptoglobin (0.46%), and high apolipoproteinA1 (0.21%). A traceability study of a P3 laboratory with RFPFN > 5% permitted to correct analytical procedures.


The mean applicability rate of Fibrotest was 99.03%. Independent factors associated with the high risk of false positives/negatives were HIV center, subSaharan origin, and a tertiary care reference centre, although the applicability rate remained above 97%.

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