Accepted for Publication: July 28, 2011.
Published Online: October 17, 2011. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.288
Author Contributions: Drs C.-W. Su and Lei contributed equally to this work. Dr Chau had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Study concept and design: C.-W. Su, Lei, Chau, Hsia, J.-C. Wu, Hsia, Lui, Y.-H. Su, C.-W. Wu, and Lee. Acquisition of data: C.-W. Su, Lei, Chau, Hsia, Lui, and C.-W. Wu. Analysis and interpretation of data: C.-W. Su, Lei, Chau, Hung, Hsia, Lui, and C.-W. Wu. Drafting of the manuscript: C.-W. Su, Chau, Hsia, Lui, and C.-W. Wu. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: C.-W. Su, Lei, Chau, Hung, J.-C. Wu, Hsia, Lui, Y.-H. Su, C.-W. Wu, and Lee. Statistical analysis: C.-W. Su, Lei, Chau, Hung, Hsia, Lui, Y.-H. Su, and C.-W. Wu. Study supervision: J.-C. Wu and Lee.
Financial Disclosure: None reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported by the National Science Council (grants 95-2321-B-010-005, 97-2314-B-075-035, and 98-2314-B-075-030-MY2), by the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (grants V95C1-014, V97ER2-016, V97B1-015, V97C1-159, and V99C1-025), and partly by the Center of Excellence for Cancer Research at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (grant DOH100-TD-C-111-007).
Previous Presentation: Presented in part at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver; April 15, 2010; Vienna, Austria.