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NASH Main Forums => Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) => Topic started by: Hep Editors on June 26, 2020, 01:25:05 pm

Title: Many People With HIV Should Be Assessed for Fatty Liver Disease
Post by: Hep Editors on June 26, 2020, 01:25:05 pm
A significant proportion of people living with HIV but not viral hepatitis should undergo a detailed assessment for fatty liver disease, according to a recent analysis of a diagnostic algorithm that assesses the severity of liver disease in cases of suspected non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

NAFLD and its more severe form, non-alcoholic steatosis (NASH), are responsible for a growing proportion of advanced liver disease. The buildup of fat in the liver triggers inflammation, which over time can lead to the development of scar tissue (fibrosis), cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Giada Sebastiani, MD, of McGill University, and colleagues sought to apply the diagnostic algorithm to HIV-positive individuals who did not have hepatitis B or C viruses (HBV or HCV).