Aspen Online Webinar July 14-16, 2020
Below I’ve included some of my notes and slides. There may be errors of omission or transcription.
What’s Hot? NAFLD and NASH Stavra Xanthakos
- Fatty liver disease burden of NAFLD and NASH is increasing. This increases the rate of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplantation; the latter is being needed at younger ages
- Explained that “Lean” (normal BMI) NAFLD is common
- Diabetes is strongest risk factor for severe fatty liver disease (NASH or fibrosis). PNPLA3 is genetic risk factor for NAFLD risk.
- Discussed treatment, particularly diet and bariatric surgery. Stated that some emerging treatments look promising.
- In those with suspected NAFLD, Dr. Xanthokos recommends liver biopsy, if lifestyle therapy is ineffective, under specific circumstances: prior to bariatric surgery, in some cases to determine severity, and prior to instituting therapy (eg Vitamin E)
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