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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


FibroTest, known as FibroSure in the US, is a patented biomarker test that uses the results of six blood serum tests to generate a score that is correlated with the degree of liver damage in people with a variety of liver diseases. FibroTest has the same prognostic value as a liver biopsy.

FibroTest has been evaluated in relation to liver biopsy (the current reference standard in liver disease assessment) in a large number of patients with hepatitis C,[1] hepatitis B,[2] alcoholic liver disease,[3] Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease[4] and in the general population. By 2008 it had been used in over 350,000 patients.[2] FibroTest has been validated for the initial diagnosis of fibrosis, but also for the monitoring of patients.[citation needed] In 2006, the French National Authority for Health recommended the use of FibroTest as a first-line assessment tool for fibrosis with untreated chronic hepatitis C.[5]


The FibroTest score is calculated from the results of a six-parameter blood test, combining six serum markers with the age and gender of the patient: Alpha-2-macroglobulin, Haptoglobin, Apolipoprotein A1, Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), Total bilirubin, and Alanine transaminase (ALT). ALT is used in a second assessment called ActiTest that is part of FibroTest.

The equation for calculating the FibroTest score regression coefficient (logistic regression) is:[6]

<math>z=4.467\times \log_{10} [\alpha2 macroglobulin (g/L)]-1.357\times\log_{10} [Haptoglobin (g/L)] + 1.017 \times \log_{10} [GGT (IU/L)] + 0.0281 \times [Age (years)]</math>

<math>+ 1.737 \times \log_{10} [Bilirubin (\mu mol/L)] - 1.184 \times [Apo A1 (g/L)] + 0.301 \times Sex (female=0, male=1)-5.54</math>

Due to variability of components assays and analyzers, FibroTest assays can only be performed in validated laboratories.[7] FibroTest cannot be used without algorithms that detects false positives and false negatives; the equation alone is not a diagnosis tool.

The laboratory or physician connects to the BioPredictive website[8] for calculation of the test results and prints the results sheet, which is available immediately and is accompanied by an interpretation aid and precautions for use.


Over 95% of tests are interpretable and allow a diagnosis of fibrosis and liver activity. In less than 5% of cases, likely false positives or false negatives are highlighted. FibroTest has been validated for chronic hepatitis C,[1] chronic hepatitis B,[2] chronic hepatitis C or B with HIV co-infection,[9] alcoholic liver diseases (steatosis and steatohepatitis),[3] and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (diabetes, overweight, hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension).[4]

FibroTest is independent of ethnic origin, sex, genotype, viral load, transaminases or the presence of comorbidities. The test has been validated in those over the age of 65 years,[10] children,[11] patients with renal insufficiency or renal transplanation, hemophiliacs, patients with chronic inflammatory disease, and the general population.

The tests are not applicable in 1 to 5% of cases. These cases can be detected by laboratory safety algorithms and when detected they are indicated on the results sheet:[2]

  • Acute hepatitides, e.g., acute viral hepatitis A, B, C, D, E; drug-induced hepatitis
  • Extrahepatic cholestasis, e.g., pancreatic cancer, gallstones
  • Severe hemolysis, e.g., some cardiac valves
  • Gilbert's syndrome with high unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia
  • Acute inflammatory syndrome (the blood test may be postponed)


FibroTest result
The FibroTest score (in this case 0.88) may indicate the presence of cirrhosis.

The conversion of FibroTest score into stages according to the three most used histological classifications (METAVIR, Knodell and Ishak) for liver biopsies is:

FibroTest METAVIR Knodell Ishak
0.75-1.00 F4 F4 F6
0.73-0.74 F3-F4 F3-F4 F5
0.59-0.72 F3 F3 F4
0.49-0.58 F2 F1-F3 F3
0.32-0.48 F1-F2 F1-F3 F2-F3
0.28-0.31 F1 F1 F2
0.22-0.27 F0-F1 F0-F1 F1
0.00-0.21 F0 F0 F0

Comparison with liver biopsy

Liver biopsy is an imperfect tool; due to sampling errors, biopsy size (5 to 30 mm) and intra- and interobservor variability, it is now agreed that biopsy is an "imperfect Gold Standard". Biopsy continues to present inconveniences: 30% of patients complain of pain, up to 3% have been noted to have complications severe enough to require hospitalization[12][13] and a 0.01-0.3% rate of deaths has been reported.[14][15][16]

There is a mean discordance of 25% between FibroTest and biopsy. Half of these discordances are attributable to an error of the biopsy, often too small, and the other half to FibroTest.[17] The inventors report that FibroTest has comparable diagnostic and prognostic value as a 25 mm biopsy, while being noninvasive and easily repeatable.[1][3][18]

FibroTest derivatives

Four other tests derive from FibroTest, and are part of the FibroMax package of tests:

  • ActiTest: diagnostic of necrotico-inflammatory for hepatitis;
  • NashTest: diagnostic for NASH (Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) inflammation;

Patent, License

FibroTest tests and derivatives are patented since 2001 by APHP (Assistance publique - Hôpitaux de Paris), the Parisian public hospital system. In the US, FibroTest is marketed as FibroSure (a LabCorp trademark). BioPredictive is the company licensed by APHP to promote and operate the tests.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ngo Y, Munteanu M, Messous D, Charlotte F, Imbert-Bismut F, Thabut D, Lebray P, Thibault V,Benhamou Y, Moussalli J, Ratziu V, Poynard T (2006). "A prospective analysis of the prognostic value of biomarkers (FibroTest) in patients with chronic hepatitis C". Clin Chem. 52 (10): 1887–96. doi:10.1373/clinchem.2006.070961. PMID 16931569.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Halfon P, Munteanu M, Poynard T (2008). "FibroTest-ActiTest as a non-invasive marker of liver fibrosis". Gastroenterol Clin Biol. 32 (6): 22–39. doi:10.1016/S0399-8320(08)73991-5. PMID 18973844.
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  5. Publication of 'Haute Autorité de Santé' (fr)
  6. U.S. patent 6,631,330
  7. Imbert-Bismut F, Messous D, Thibault V, Myers RB, Piton A, Thabut D; et al. (2004). "Intra-laboratory analytical variability of biochemical markers of fibrosis (Fibrotest) and activity (Actitest) and references ranges in healthy blood donors". Clin Chem Lab Med. 42 (3): 323–333. doi:10.1515/CCLM.2004.058. PMID 15080567.
  8. FibroTest website
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