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How is non alcoholic fatty liver disease treated?

Liver disease is also called hepatic disease. This is in terms of group of single number of diseases affecting the liver. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a liver disease.
– This is one cause of a fatty liver.
– This occurrs when fat is deposited (steatosis) in the liver.
– It is not due to excessive alcohol use.
– It is related to insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome.
– This is involved with symptoms such as weight loss, metformin and thiazolidinediones.
– Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most extreme form of NAFLD.
– This is regarded as a major cause of cirrhosis of the liver of unknown cause.

Relevant blood tests for diagnosis of NAFLD are:
– erythrocyte sedimentation rate
– glucose
– albumin
– renal function
– coagulation related studies
– the INR (international normalized ratio)

Blood tests (serology) are usually used to rule out:
– viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, B, C, EBV, CMV andherpes viruses),
– rubella,
– autoimmune related diseases
– hypothyroidism

Treatment of Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease NAFLD
Treatment of nutrition and excessive body weight:
– Nutritional counseling: Diet changes have shown significant histological improvement.
– Gradual weight loss may improve the process in obese patients; rapid loss may worsen NAFLD.
– A recent meta-analysis presented at the Annual Meeting of American Association for Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) reported that weight-loss surgery leads to improvement and or resolution of NASH in around 80 % of patients.
– Insulin sensitisers (metformin and thiazolidinediones) have shown efficacy in some studies.
– Ursodeoxycholic acid and lipid-lowering drugs, have little benefit.

Treatment also includes:
– Interventional Treatments for Liver Disease(Society of Interventional Radiology).
– Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)(American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America).

Alternative Therapy
– Dandelion (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
– Kava Linked to Liver Damage (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
– Milk Thistle (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Nutrition
– Diet and Your Liver(American Liver Foundation) .

Specific Conditions
– Acute Liver Failure(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research).
– Alagille Syndrome (National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse).
– Alcohol-Related Liver Disease(American Liver Foundation)
– Alcoholic Hepatitis(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
-Benign Liver Tumors(American Liver Foundation)
– Blood Vessel Disorders of the Liver(Merck & Co., Inc.)
– Budd-Chiari Syndrome(Merck & Co., Inc.)
– Enlarged Liver(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
– Gilbert’s Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
– Liver Cysts: A Cause of Abdominal Pain?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
– Liver Hemangioma(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
– Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease(American Liver Foundation)
– Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
– Also available in Spanish
– Portal Hypertension (Merck & Co., Inc.)
– Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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