Table 1: Study characteristics.

AuthorCountryPublication yearPublication typeStudy design Number of casesGender (M/F)Age (years)Child class A (%)Child classes B + C (%)HCC (%)Previous bleeding episode (%)Previous BT (%)

Zehetner et al. [20]Austria2008Full textRetrospective3433/1Mean: 56 (32–91)0 (0%)34 (100%)NA24 (70.59%)6
Wright et al. [24]UK2010Full textRetrospective109/1Mean: 49 (18–70)NANA2 (20%)NA5
Mishin et al. [32]Moldova2013AbstractRetrospective128/4Mean: 46.92 (24–62)NANANANANA
Müller et al. [26]Germany2015Full textRetrospective118/3Mean: 64 (43–72)1 (9.09%)10 (90.91%)3 (27.27%)5 (45.45%)NA
Escorsell et al. [33]Spain 2016Full textRCT1313/0Median: 69 (40–81)3 (23.08%)10 (76.92%)2 (15.38%)6 (46.15%)0