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Lean patients with fatty liver disease have higher mortality rate
Date:5/4/2014

e patients. In examining the specific cause of mortality, researchers did not find any differences between the two groups.

"About 30 percent of the U.S. population suffers from NAFLD, and the prevalence of this condition is increasing. Although we often associate fatty liver disease with obese patients, these results suggest that possible signs of liver disease secondary to NAFLD in lean patients should be taken very seriously," said Dr. Angulo.

Dr. Angulo and his team plan to expand on their findings about this specific patient population by examining data beyond BMI, including fat distribution and differences in cell signaling proteins, such as cytokine and adipokine profiles. They also plan to include patients who have not yet had a liver biopsy.

Dr. Paul Angulo will present data from the study "Characteristics and long-term prognosis of lean patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease," abstract 379, on Sunday, May 4, at 2:45 p.m. CT, in room S405A of McCormick Place. For more information about featured studies, as well as a schedule of availability for featured researchers, please visit http://www.ddw.org/press.


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