Behandeling van niet-alcoholische vetleverziekte

G.H. Koek

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- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises benign steatosis and steatohepatitis (NASH) and may lead to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.- Its prevalence is estimated to be 20% in the general population and 50-100% in patients with overweight and obesity.- In about 15-30% of patients steatosis evolves to NASH which can only be diagnosed by means of a liver biopsy.- NAFLD may be described as the hepatic component of the metabolic syndrome and is a consequence of the Western lifestyle.- The pathogenesis is multifactorial; oxidative stress plays a crucial role in maintaining inflammation and progressive fibrosis.- Lifestyle modification with weight loss and increased physical activity is the cornerstone of the treatment, which should take place in a multidisciplinary setting.- To date, no specific registered drug for NAFLD treatment is available. Supportive drug therapy is mainly focused on aspects of the metabolic syndrome and chronic inflammation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A3181
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


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