What is the prevalence of cirrhosis in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Up to one third of Americans have NAFLD. About 2-3% of Americans have nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), in which fat deposition in the hepatocyte is complicated by liver inflammation and fibrosis. It is estimated that 10% of patients with NASH will ultimately develop cirrhosis. NAFLD and NASH are anticipated to have a major impact on the United States' public health infrastructure.


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