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Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Nov;37(9):535-43. doi: 10.1016/j.gastrohep.2014.04.005. Epub 2014 Jun 18.

[Liver diseases in the elderly].

[Article in Spanish]

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Servicio de Hepatologia, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, España; Departamento de Medicina, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, España. Electronic address: bruguera@clinic.ub.es.

Abstract

Liver diseases in the elderly have aroused less interest than diseases of other organs, since the liver plays a limited role in aging. There are no specific liver diseases of old age, but age-related anatomical and functional modifications of the liver cause changes in the frequency and clinical behavior of some liver diseases compared with those in younger patients. This review discusses the most important features of liver function in the healthy elderly population, as well as the features of the most prevalent liver diseases in this age group, especially the diagnostic approach to the most common liver problems in the elderly: asymptomatic elevation of serum transaminases and jaundice.

KEYWORDS:

Alcoholic liver disease; Autoimmune hepatitis; Carcinoma hepatocelular; Cirrhosis; Cirrosis; Drug-induced liver disease; Enfermedad del hígado graso no alcohólico; Hepatitis; Hepatitis autoinmune; Hepatitis tóxica; Hepatocellular carcinoma; Hepatopatía alcohólica; Hipertransaminasemia; Hypertransaminasemia; Ictericia; Jaundice; Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

PMID:
24951302
DOI:
10.1016/j.gastrohep.2014.04.005
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