The Liver Meeting® (AASLD) 2014 has now switched the main focus on liver diseases on Fatty Liver. The main reason is that a cure for Hepatitis C is now a reality, thus making fatty liver as the most emerging cause of chronic liver diseases.
I’ve been saying for more than a decade that Fatty Liver is probably become the most alerting liver disease ever. Good to know that it’s now been confirmed and everyone take it seriously.
Some insights on what should be done
2014’s The Liver Meeting offered a detailed explanation into the mechanism, diagnosis, and treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and the more advanced form of the disease – nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
They concluded that the current situation in America and probably in the rest of the world is that no one really knows how every medical institute diagnose fatty liver and whether they do it properly. And this needs to be improved.
How they concluded that?
They asked a 23-question survey on academic gastroenterologists and hepatologists in the USA, with questions related to the current diagnostic patterns for fatty liver.
They saw that liver biopsy remains the main way to establish a 100% accurate diagnosis. However, biopsy has been answered by roughly 25% of the respondents. More than 50% said they rely elevated liver enzyme in the blood and abdominal ultrasound.
The main conclusion is that there needs be a global understanding on how to properly diagnose a fatty liver. Only than we could increase the rate people are diagnosed with fatty liver before it’s too late.
This is because diagnosing fatty liver is with no doubt the most important step on treating it.
My suggestion? The World Health organization should write and post a clear guild-line on the internet, on how to properly diagnose a Fatty liver. This way everything will do the same