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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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CIOCCA, Mirta; RAMONET, Margarita  and  ALVAREZ, Fernando. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a new epidemic in children. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2016, vol.114, n.6, pp.563-569. ISSN 0325-0075.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is considered one of the most common causes of liver disease in adults and children, consistent with the increased prevalence of obesity in both populations worldwide. It is a multifactorial condition involving a broad spectrum of liver diseases than range from simple steatosis to steatohepatitis, and characterized by histological findings of inflammation and fibrosis. Its pathogenesis and progression are not fully understood yet, and a more complete understanding of liver disease may aid in developing new therapies and noninvasive diagnostic tools. Liver biopsy remains the gold standard for disease staging. Although lifestyle and diet modifications are the keys in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease treatment, the development of new drugs may be promising for patients failing first-line therapy.

Keywords : Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; Childhood obesity; Hepatic steatosis.

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