Internal Medicine News - Dr. Scott L. Friedman: “Analysis of Exhaled Volatile Organic Compounds”

 – March 13, 2013 /Press Release/  –– 

The analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath may provide a noninvasive and accurate test for diagnosing nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, according to results from a pilot study published in March. The performance metrics of the analysis of exhaled VOCs "are promising but not exceptional," wrote Dr. Scott L. Friedman, professor of medicine, liver diseases, at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. However, "they well exceed the predictive values of transaminases, so that the technology has value and merits further refinement and validation." Learn more