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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Treatment Information
Our increased understanding of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease means we can deliver faster, safer and better treatments and therapies to patients. We use and develop new tools to diagnose and monitor the severity of liver disease. This can remove the need for invasive biopsies in some cases and can preserve your liver function.
- Early intervention. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is most often first spotted through routine blood tests that check your liver function and liver enzymes. Your physician may prescribe this test as part of a regular physical exam, or because of other underlying conditions.
- Imaging tests. If your physician suspects your may have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, imaging tests such as a computed tomography (CT) scan and/or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide more information needed to make a diagnosis.
- FibroScan. This new technology allows for a quick external bedside scan of your liver and spleen to check for stiffness in your liver tissue (cirrhosis) and fatty deposits. You and your physician receive immediate test results and can strategize treatment options. FibroScan results can avoid a biopsy in many cases. They help your physician determine when a biopsy is needed. We are using FibroScan to aid in diagnosing nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). If the scan shows fatty deposits with scarring, then a biopsy may be needed.
- Liver biopsy. The only way to truly confirm NASH is by studying your liver cells under a microscope. Your gastroenterologist will study cells taken from your liver through a needle to determine if your liver cells show scarring and inflammation.
- Weight management. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can improve your condition. Our registered dieticians help you plan a healthy diet.
- Exercise. Your physician works with you to finds ways to stay active through regular workouts. This can help you lose weight and maintain your overall health.
- Medicines. There is no medicine to treat nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NASH. Medicines for other conditions, including diabetes and high cholesterol, may reduce symptoms and keep fatty liver disease under control.
- Protection. You should avoid alcohol and follow instructions for taking prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs to prevent further damage to your liver.
- Research. We are studying the use of Fibroscan to diagnose NASH. This may reduce the need for invasive and expensive biopsies, and lower the costs of managing the disease.
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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Support Services
Learn more about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease treatments at these websites:
A Sampling of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Support Services
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis
This division of the National Institutes of Health provides nonalcoholic steatohepatitis symptom, diagnosis, treatment and clinical trial information.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Cirrhosis
This division of the National Institutes of Health provides cirrhosis symptom, diagnosis, treatment and clinical trial information.
American Liver Foundation
This group is focused on education, support and research for the prevention and treatment of liver diseases.
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
This institute lets you to search for Indiana clinical research studies in which you might be able to participate.