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Med Clin North Am. 1996 Sep;80(5):1147-66.

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Missouri 63110, USA.

Abstract

NASH is a form of chronic liver disease that is defined by biopsy findings and has the appearance of alcoholic hepatitis. Although this disease was once thought to be a problem of women, diabetics, and the obese, more recent studies have identified a significant proportion of patients who do not fit these risk factors. In a fraction of patients, the disease can progress to various stages of fibrosis leading ultimately to cirrhosis and death from end-stage liver disease. For this reason, recognition of NASH is important and provides a further impetus for performing a liver biopsy as part of the evaluation of unexplained liver biochemical abnormalities. The mainstay of treatment is weight reduction in the obese. For those individuals who are not obese, continued observation is the only available option at this point. With increasing knowledge about the pathophysiology of hepatic steatosis, perhaps more specific diagnostic tests for the cause of the disease in specific patients will be available and will guide appropriate therapy.

PMID:
8804378
DOI:
10.1016/s0025-7125(05)70483-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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