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J Formos Med Assoc. 2012 Oct;111(10):527-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jfma.2012.07.002. Epub 2012 Aug 11.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: an emerging liver disease in Taiwan.

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Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Taipei Branch, Taiwan.


Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disorder in Western countries, and has become increasingly recognized as a public health problem in Taiwan. Patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, a more severe form of NAFLD, may progress to cirrhosis and its related complications, including hepatocellular carcinoma. Since NAFLD is highly linked to metabolic syndrome, such patients may have increased risks of complications related to both liver disease and metabolic syndrome. Therefore, if we fail to cope with this growing health problem, NAFLD may gradually replace viral hepatitis as the major etiology of liver disease in Taiwan.

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