Revista Cubana de Medicina
On-line version ISSN 1561-302X
The prognostic models are a significant pillar in assessment of patients presenting hepatic cirrhosis, mainly at moment to make a decision related to liver transplantation. The two more used models at international level, the Child Pugh Turcotte and the Model for end stage liver disease ( MELD) have advantages and disadvantages in its approximation to patients. The aim of present paper was to review these prognostic models used in the end-terminal liver disease, as well as to compare the above mentioned models on the base of the design, predictive effectiveness and practical application. We conclude that both models are useful to predict mortality in patients presenting with hepatic cirrhosis and also that more future researches must to be performed to improve its discriminatory power.
Keywords : Child Pugh; MELD; prognostic models; cirrhosis.