What are the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) diagnostic guidelines for fatty liver disease?

Updated: Apr 12, 2018
  • Author: Emily Tommolino, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The 2010 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) practice guideline for alcoholic liver disease (ALD) recommends the following for diagnosis [14] :

  • If alcohol abuse or excess is suspected from discussion of alcohol use with the patient, screen the patient for alcohol abuse using a structured questionnaire such as the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).

  • If the patient’s history or a screening test indicates alcohol abuse, use laboratory testing to verify the diagnosis of ALD and rule out other considerations.

  • If ALD is confirmed, test for other alcohol-related organ damage.


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