Approach to pediatric obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Johanna M.Ascher Bartlett, Naveen Mittal

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Abstract

With the rapidly increasing numbers of children diagnosed with obesity, pediatricians are facing more and more challenges regarding the complex care of these patients. Pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is now the most prevalent cause of pediatric chronic liver disease, given its association with obesity.As NAFLD increases a child’s risk of developing long-term complications including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, efficient diagnosis and effective management is paramount. This article aims to provide a brief overview of NALFD, and discuss the updated diagnosis and management approach for pediatric NAFLD, with a particular focus on the role of the pediatrician.[Pediatr Ann. 2021;50(11):e474-e477.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e474-e477
JournalPediatric annals
Volume50
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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