Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is excessive fat build-up in the liver with insulin resistance due to causes other than alcohol use. There are two types; non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), with the latter also including liver inflammation. Non-alcoholic fatty liver usually does not progress to liver damage or NASH. It may lead to complications such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure, or cardiovascular disease.
|Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease|
|Stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, progressing from healthy, to steatosis (fat accumulation), inflammation, fibrosis and cirrhosis.|
|Symptoms||Asymptomatic, liver dysfunction|
|Complications||Cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure, cardiovascular disease|
|Types||Non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL),|
non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
|Risk factors||Metabolic syndrome, diabetes type 2, liver disease|
|Diagnostic method||Liver biopsy|
|Treatment||Weight loss (diet and exercise)|
|Prognosis||Depends on type|
|Frequency||24% in worldwide population, 80% in obese, 20% in normal-weight|
|Deaths||NASH: 2.6% risk of death per year|
Being overweight is the strongest risk factor of NAFLD. Other risks include metabolic syndromes (diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure), a diet high in fructose, and older age. NAFLD and alcoholic liver disease are types of fatty liver disease. Diagnosis is by a liver biopsy after excluding other potential causes of fatty liver.
Treatment for NAFLD is weight loss by dietary changes and exercise. There is tentative evidence for pioglitazone and vitamin E. Bariatric surgery can improve or resolve severe cases. Those with NASH have a 2.6% increased risk of dying per year.
NAFLD is the most common liver disorder in developed countries, affecting 75 to 100 million Americans in 2017. Over 90% of obese, 60% of diabetic and up to 20% normal-weight people develop it. It is estimated that 24% of the worldwide population is affected as of 2017. NAFLD is the leading cause of chronic liver disease, and the second most common reason for liver transplantation in USA and Europe as of 2017. About 12 to 25% of people in USA have NAFLD and 20 to 25% in Europe, while NASH affects between 2 and 12% in USA. The annual economic burden was estimated at US$103 billion in the US in 2016.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is characterized by an abnormal accumulation of fat in the liver related to insulin resistance, in the absence of significant alcohol use, according to ICD-11. NAFLD is a continuum of liver abnormalities, from non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL, simple steatosis) to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). These diseases begin with fatty accumulation in the liver (hepatic steatosis). A liver can remain fatty without disturbing liver function (NAFL), but by various mechanisms and possible insults to the liver, it may also progress into a non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a state in which steatosis is combined with inflammation and sometimes fibrosis (steatohepatitis). NASH can then lead to complications such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.
Signs and symptoms
People with NAFLD are likely to be asymptomatic − to have no noticeable symptoms − and often have normal laboratory profiles.
NAFLD can cause symptoms related to liver dysfunction. NAFLD can be diagnosed by performing a liver biopsy, and is often incidentally diagnosed following abnormal liver function tests during routine blood tests or after a hepatic steatosis is detected by biopsy. Indeed, in cases of symptoms or signs attributable to liver disease or when tests show abnormal liver chemistries, NAFLD should be suspected and investigated. However, when no symptoms or signs attributable to liver disease are reported or when the tests show normal liver chemistries, but a hepatic steatosis is detected, other metabolic risk factors (e.g., obesity, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia) and alternate causes such as alcohol should be investigated.
NAFLD is strongly associated with or caused by insulin resistance and metabolic syndromes (obesity, combined hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus (type II), and high blood pressure). It is also associated with hormonal disorders (panhypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism, polycystic ovary syndrome), persistently elevated transaminases, increasing age and BMI and hypoxia caused by obstructive sleep apnea, with some of them predicting disease progression.
In particular, for a majority of non-obese people affected by NAFLD ("lean NAFLD"), they have been found to have impaired insulin sensitivity, to be frequently sedentary, to have increased cardiovascular risk and increased liver lipid levels, being the consequence of a decreased capacity for storing fat and reduced mitochondrial function in adipose tissue and increased hepatic de novo lipogenesis.
Genetic risk factors of NAFLD are also known. Two-thirds of families with a history of diabetes type 2 report more than one family member having NAFLD. There is a higher risk of fibrosis for family members where someone was diagnosed with NASH. Asian populations are more susceptible to metabolic syndrome and NAFLD than their western counterparts. Hispanic persons have higher prevalence of NAFLD than white individuals, whereas the lowest susceptibility is observed in black individuals.
Two genetic mutations for NAFLD susceptibility have been identified and validated in large cohorts: the non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in PNPLA3 and TM6SF2, as they have been shown to correlate with NAFLD presence and severity, but their roles for diagnosis remain unclear.
Although NAFLD has a genetic component, the AASLD does not recommend screening family members as there is not enough confirmation of heritability, although there is some evidence from familial aggregation and twin studies.
Links between dysbiosis of the gut microbiota and liver diseases, in particular NAFLD, have been documented. Individuals with NASH can have increased levels of blood ethanol. Individuals with a more aggressive NAFLD were found to have a choline depletion linked to an increased choline metabolism.
According to the Asia-Pacific Working Group on NAFLD, overnutrition is a major factor of NAFLD and NASH, particularly for lean NAFLD. Diet composition and quantity, in particular omega-6 fatty acid lipids and fructose sugar, has an important role in disease progression from NAFL to NASH and fibrosis. Choline deficiency can lead to the development of NAFLD. There is indeed a complex interplay between the environment, particularly the diet, the genetics and gut microbiota dysbiosis that can impact the development and progression of NAFLD.
NAFLD can include either a steatosis alone; a steatosis concurrent with lobular or portal inflammation without ballooning; or a steatosis with ballooning but without inflammation. In NASH, other histological features can appear but are not necessary for diagnosis, such as portal inflammation, polymorphonuclear infiltrates, mallory bodies, apoptotic bodies, clear vacuolated nuclei, microvacuolar steatosis, megamitochondria, and perisinusoidal fibrosis. Hepatocyte death via apoptosis or necroptosis is increased in NASH compared with simple steatosis, and inflammation is one of NASH hallmarks.
One debated mechanism proposes a second hit, or further injury, enough to cause change that leads from hepatic steatosis to hepatic inflammation. Oxidative stress, hormonal imbalances, and mitochondrial abnormalities are potential causes for this "second hit" phenomenon. A further nutrigenomics model named multiple hit extends the second hit model by integrating multiple disease biomarkers and factors such as genes and nutrition to predict the impact of lifestyle changes and genetics for the evolution of the NAFLD pathology. Indeed, NAFLD can be considered a multisystem disease, as it impacts and is influenced by organs and regulatory pathways other than the liver.
Non-alcoholic and alcoholic fatty liver disease share similar histological features, which suggests that they might share common pathogenic pathways. Indeed, people with NASH can have elevated levels of blood ethanol and proteobacteria (which produce alcohol), with dysbiosis proposed as a mechanism for this elevation. Fructose can cause inflammation and addiction similarly to ethanol by using similar metabolic pathways, unlike glucose, which prompts some researchers to argue that non-alcoholic and alcoholic fatty liver diseases are more similar than previously thought. Excessive macronutrients intake contributes to gut tissues inflammation and perturbation of homeostasis, and micronutrients may also be involved. Lifestyle changes, in addition to reducing weight and risk factors, may prompt positive changes in the gut microbiota. In particular, diet diversity may play a role that was overlooked in animal studies, since they often compare a "western" high fat diet but with low diversity, against a "chow" low fat diet but with a higher diversity. The health benefits after bariatric surgery may also involve changes in the gut microbiota, by increasing gut permeability.
- NASH (inflammation) and fibrosis stage 1
- NASH (inflammation) and fibrosis stage 2
- Lobular inflammation
NAFLD is the evidence of fatty liver, and the absence of another factor that could explain the liver fat accumulation, such as excessive alcohol use (>21 standard drinks/week for men and >14 for women in USA; >30 g daily for men and >20 g for women in UK and EU, >140 g/week for men and >70 g/week for women in Asia-Pacific and most NIH clinical studies), drug-induced steatosis, chronic hepatitis C, heredity or by deficiencies in parenteral nutrition such as choline and endocrine conditions. If any of these factors is observed, alternative causes of fatty liver unrelated to NAFLD should be investigated instead. Past history of chronic alcohol usage should also be taken into account.
The NAFLD can be separated into two histological categories: NAFL, and the more aggressive form NASH. Both NAFL and NASH are defined by the presence of at least 5% of fatty liver, but only NASH is characterized by the histological presence of substantial lobular inflammation and hepatocyte injury such as ballooning or Mallory hyaline. NASH is more likely to be associated with pericentral and perisinusoidal fibrosis for adults, and portal fibrosis sometimes for children. NASH is the clinical worsening of NAFL, associated with bad outcomes such as cardiovascular events, cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. The majority of NAFL cases show minimal or no inflammation.
ICD-11 did not retain the term NAFL as it was deemed confusing with the family of disorders NAFLD. The preferred descriptions are instead: "NAFLD without NASH" or "simple steatosis", "NASH". In addition, the diagnosis can be completed with "with or without fibrosis or cirrhosis".
Elevated liver enzymes are common. According to NICE guidelines, it is disadvised to test enzymes levels to rule out NAFLD, as they are often within the normal range even in advanced disease.
Blood tests that are useful to confirm diagnosis or rule out others include erythrocyte sedimentation rate, glucose, albumin, and kidney function. Because the liver is important for making proteins used in blood clotting, coagulation-related studies are often carried out, especially the INR (international normalized ratio). In people with fatty liver with associated inflammatory injury (steatohepatitis) blood tests are usually used to rule out viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, B, C and herpesviruses such as Epstein-Barr virus or cytomegalovirus), rubella, and autoimmune diseases. Low thyroid activity is more prevalent in people with NASH, which would be detected by determining the thyroid-stimulating hormone. Some biomarker-based blood tests have been developed and may be useful for diagnosis.
Although blood tests cannot diagnose NAFLD, circulating serum biomarkers of liver fibrosis can give moderate estimates in the diagnosis of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, and AST platelet ratio index and Fibrotest are recommended as the preferred noninvasive tests for cirrhosis by the APASL.
A liver ultrasound scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can diagnose steatosis, but not fibrosis, and early cirrhosis detection by ultrasound should be confirmed by other methods. The EASL recommend screening for a steatosis whenever a NAFLD is suspected as this is a key predictor of the disease evolution and predicts future diabetes type II, cardiovascular events and hypertension. These non-invasive methods can be used for NAFLD screening but is not accepted as a substitute for liver biopsy in NAFLD nor NASH clinical trials, as only a liver biopsy can define a liver pathology, according to the Asia-Pacific Work Party on NAFLD as of 2017.
CT scans and MRI are more accurate in detecting cirrhosis than conventional ultrasound. Transient elastography (FibroScan) is recommended for the initial assessment of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, and it helps to predict complications and prognosis, but the interpretation of results should be carefully weighted in the presence of limitating factors, such as steatosis, high BMI, lower degrees of hepatic fibrosis and narrow intercostal spaces. However, transient elastography can fail for people with pre-hepatic portal hypertension. Transient elastography should not be considered as a replacement of liver biopsy.
Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is an emerging method that can accurately assess hepatic fibrosis and is recommended by the APASL. MRE possess a good sensitivity to quantify hepatic fat and excellent accuracy to detect fibrosis in NAFLD regardless of BMI and inflammation, and is suggested as a more reliable alternative to diagnose NAFLD and its progression to NASH compared to ultrasound and blood tests.
- Abdominal ultrasonography of the liver of an 88-year-old woman, showing focal steatosis.
- MRI of a healthy liver (top row) and one with severe steatosis (bottom row).
- CT scan of a normal (top) and a liver with steatosis (bottom). The liver becomes darker as a result of the increased storage of low-radiopacity fat.
- Magnetic resonance elastography of a brain, a non invasive way to visualize the tissues' stiffness. The same technic can be applied on the liver to detect regions of abnormal stiffness, indicating fat accumulation.
A liver biopsy (tissue examination) is the only test widely accepted (gold standard) as definitively diagnosing and distinguishing NAFLD (including NAFL and NASH) from other forms of liver disease and can be used to assess the severity of the inflammation and resultant fibrosis. However, since most people affected by NAFLD are likely to be asymptomatic, liver biopsy presents too high a risk for routine diagnosis, so other methods may be preferred, such as liver ultrasonography or liver MRI. For young people, liver ultrasonography is advised, but biopsy remain the best evidence. Liver biopsy is also the gold standard to detect hepatic fibrosis and assess its progression. Routine liver function blood tests are not sensitive enough to detect NAFLD, and biopsy is the only procedure that can reliably differentiate NAFL from NASH.
Several liver biopsy techniques may be used to obtain liver tissue. Percutaneous liver biopsy remains the most common practice, but biopsies can also be performed via the transvenous route, either during surgery or by laparoscopy, especially for people with contraindications to a percutaneous approach. The liver biopsy can also be image-guided, in real-time or not, which is recommended for some clinical situations such as people with known intra-hepatic lesions, previous intra-abdominal surgery who may have adhesions, small liver difficult to percuss, obese people and people with evident ascites. Vital signs must be monitored frequently afterward (at least every 15 minutes in the hour following the biopsy).
According to AASLD guidelines, liver biopsy should be considered in people with NAFLD who are at increased risk of having steatohepatitis and/or advanced fibrosis, but only when all other competing chronic liver diseases are excluded (such as alcoholic liver disease). The presence of a metabolic syndrome, NAFLD Fibrosis Score (FIB-4), or liver stiffness (as measured by VCTE or MRE) may be used to identify the individuals who are at higher risk of steatohepatitis or advanced fibrosis.
The AASLD and ICD-11 consider that a clinically useful pathology reporting should distinguish "between NAFL (steatosis), NAFL with inflammation and NASH (steatosis with lobular and portal inflammation and hepatocellular ballooning)", with the presence or absence of fibrosis being described, and optionally a comment on severity. The EASL recommend the FLIP algorithm to grade the ballooning, and the use of the NAFLD Activity Score (NAS) to grade the severity of NASH rather than for its diagnosis. They also consider the steatosis, activity and fibrosis (SAF) score to be an accurate and reproducible scoring system. The AASLD recommends the use of the NAS and/or SAF scoring systems if deemed appropriate. The Asia-Pacific Working Group on NAFLD disadvise the use of NAS, as it is considered uninformative for NAFLD and inappropriate to diagnose NASH.
For liver fibrosis assessment, percutaneous liver biopsy, with or without image guidance, should not be used in uncooperative people. Transjugular liver biopsy is indicated for people with a diffuse liver disease who need a biopsy but have a contra-indication to percutaneous biopsy or need a hemodynamic evaluation for diagnosis purposes. People with clinically evident ascites should have a transvenous liver biopsy instead of percutaneous, although percutaneous biopsy is acceptable after removal of ascites.
People with NAFLD (including those who are not overweight) should be considered for treatment. NAFLD is a preventable cause of death. Guidelines are available from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and the Asia-Pacific Working Party on NAFLD.
Weight loss is the most effective treatment for NAFLD. A loss of 4% to 10% body weight is recommended, with 10% to 40% weight loss completely reversing NASH without cirrhosis. Offering people with NAFLD a structured weight loss program achieves greater weight loss compared with simple advice and this leads to demonstrable improvements in NAFLD measured using blood tests, ultrasound, imaging, or liver biopsies. Although fibrosis was shown to be improved by lifestyle interventions and weight loss, there is limited evidence for cirrhosis.
A combination of improved diet and exercise, rather than either alone, appears to best help manage NAFLD and reduce insulin resistance. Motivational support, such as with cognitive-behavioral therapy, is helpful, as most people with NAFLD do not perceive their condition as a disease, and thus have a low motivation to change.
Higher-intensity behavioral weight loss therapies (diet plus exercise) may produce more weight loss than lower-intensity ones. Weight loss is associated with improvements in biomarkers, NAFLD grade and reduced chances of NASH, but their impact on long-term health is yet unknown. A 2019 systematic review thus suggest change of guidelines to recommend these therapies for NAFLD management.
Treatment of NAFLD typically involves counseling to improve nutrition and calorie restriction. People with NAFLD can benefit from a moderate to low-carbohydrate diet and low-fat diet. The Mediterranean diet also showed promising results in a 6-week scheme in reduction of NASH induced inflammation and fibrosis, independently from weight loss. Tentative evidence supports dietary interventions in individuals with fatty liver who are not overweight.
The EASL recommend energy restriction of 500–1000 kcal/week less than the normal daily diet (a very-low-calorie diet), a target of 7–10% weight loss for obese/overweight NAFLD, a low- to moderate-fat, and moderate- to high-carbohydrate diet, or a low-carbohydrate ketogenic or high-protein diet such as the Mediterranean diet, and avoiding all beverages and food containing fructose.
The NICE guidelines include recommendations for vitamin E, although it is not useful for all people with NAFLD. The NICE does not recommend omega-3 fatty acid supplementation since randomized trials were inconclusive, although previous systematic reviews found that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in those with NAFLD/NASH using doses of 1 gram daily or more (median dose 4 grams/day with median treatment duration 6 months) has been associated with improvements in liver fat. According to AASLD guidelines, "omega-3 fatty acids should not be used as a specific treatment of NAFLD or NASH, but they may be considered to treat hypertriglyceridemia for patients with NAFLD".
Herbal compounds such as silymarin, curcumin and green tea were shown to be effective for biomarkers enhancement and NAFLD grade reduction. In particular, silymarin shown effective reduction of fibrosis in biopsy-proved NASH people. Anthocyanins have also been looked at as a nutritional therapy.
Weight loss may improve the process, and is recommended particularly for obese or overweight people. Similar physical activities and diets are advisable for overweight people with NAFLD as for other obese and overweight people. Although physical activity is less important for weight loss than dietary adaptations (to reduce caloric intake), the NICE advises physical activity to reduce liver fat even if there is no overall body weight reduction. Weight loss, through exercise or diet, was shown to be the most effective way to reduce liver fat and help NASH and fibrosis remission. Exercise alone can prevent or reduce hepatic steatosis, but it remains unknown whether it can improve all other aspects of the liver, hence a combined approach with exercise and diet is advised. Aerobic exercise may be more effective than resistance training, although there are contradictory results. Vigorous training is preferable to moderate training, as only high intensity exercising was shown to reduce chances of NASH developing into a steatohepatitis or advanced fibrosis. The EASL recommend between 150 and 200 min/week in 3 to 5 sessions of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity or resistance training. Since both effectively reduce liver fat, the choice of activity can be tailored to fit the individual's preferences with the goal of maintaining in the long-term: "any engagement in physical activity or increase over previous levels is however better than continuing inactivity".
No medicines specifically for NAFLD or NASH had received approval as of 2018 although antiglycemic drugs may help in liver fat loss. While many treatments appear to improve biochemical markers such as alanine transaminase levels, most have not been shown to reverse histological abnormalities or reduce clinical endpoints.
Insulin sensitizers (metformin and thiazolidinediones, such as pioglitazone) and liraglutide are not specially recommended for NAFLD as they do not directly improve the liver condition, but they can be indicated for diabetic individuals, after a careful assessment of risks, to reduce insulin resistance and risks of complications. Indeed, the side effects associated with these drugs, which include osteopenia, increased fracture risk, fluid retention, congestive heart failure, bladder cancer, and long-term weight gain, have limited their adoption. Due to these side effects, AASLD recommend the use of pioglitazone only for individuals with biopsy-proven NASH, and the Asia-Pacific Work Group to only individuals with NAFLD with known diabetic issues. However, AASLD advise against the use of metformin as studies were inconclusive about the improvement of the liver histological condition, although there was an improvement in insulin resistance and serum aminotransferases, as this did not translate into NASH improvements. NICE provides similar guidelines to AASLD regarding pioglitazone, which should be administered in secondary care to adults with advanced liver fibrosis, whether or not they have diabetes.
Vitamin E is an effective treatment that can be administered for individuals with biopsy-proven NASH. For the Asia-Pacific Work Group, Vitamin E may improve liver condition and aminotransferase levels, but only in non-cirrhotic non-diabetic NASH adults.
Improvements in liver biochemistry and histology have been found in people with NAFLD through treatment with statins. Since people with NAFLD are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, statins treatment is indicated. People with NAFLD are not at higher risk for serious liver injury from statins according to AASLD and EASL. However, even if statins can be used to treat people with NASH cirrhosis, they should be avoided in case of decompensated cirrhosis. Statins have also been recommended for use in treating dyslipidemia for people with NAFLD. According to NICE guidelines, statins can continue to be administered unless liver enzyme levels double within 3 months of starting statins. Treatment with pentoxifylline is not recommended.
Obeticholic acid and elafibranor might improve NASH but are not recommended as of 2018 by the AASLD nor the Asia-Pacific Work Group until phase 3 trials are completed as they produce inconsistent results and adverse effects.
Omega-3 fatty acid may reduce liver fat and improve blood lipid profile but does not seem to improve the liver histology (fibrosis, cirrhosis, cancer).
Bariatric surgery is an effective method for obese and diabetic individuals with NAFLD to induce weight loss and reduce or resolve NASH inflammation, including fibrosis, and improve longevity. For the AASLD, bariatric surgery can be considered only for NASH on a case-by-case basis by an experienced bariatric surgery program. Indeed, some individuals might develop new or worsened features of NAFLD.
A preoperative diet such as a low-calorie diet or very-low-calorie diet is usually recommended to reduce liver volume by 16–20%, and preoperative weight loss is the only factor associated with postoperative weight loss. Preoperative weight loss can reduce operative time and hospital stay. although there is insufficient evidence whether preoperative weight loss may be beneficial to reduce long-term morbidity or complications. Weight loss and decreases in liver size may be independent from the amount of calorie restriction.
According to the Asia-Pacific Work Group on NAFLD, bariatric surgery should be limited to class II obesity (BMI >32.5 kg/m² for Asians, 35 kg/m² for Caucasians). They consider its effects on improving liver-related complications are unproven yet, but it effectively increases longevity by improving cardiovascular factors.
Surgery carries more risks for individuals with NASH-caused cirrhosis, with a review estimating an overall morbidity of 21%. For people with NAFLD, in cases of cirrhosis, the cause should be elucidated, and hepatic function and presence of portal hypertension should be evaluated.
The cardiovascular system screening is considered mandatory by the EASL, as NAFLD outcomes often result in cardiovascular complications which can manifest as subclinical atherosclerosis, and being the cause of the majority of NAFLD-related deaths. Indeed, people with NAFLD are at a high risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and "aggressive modification of cardiovascular disease risk factors should be considered in all patients with NAFLD" according to AASLD.
The AASLD further recommends for people with a cirrhotic NASH to be systematically screened for gastric and esophageal varices and liver cancer. Routine screening of liver cancer and liver biopsy is not recommended for non-cirrhotic people with NASH, but it might be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Also, people with NAFLD should be considered for screening for hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) and gastroesophageal varices. The NICE advises regular screening of NAFLD for advanced liver fibrosis every three years to adults and every two years for children using the enhanced liver fibrosis (ELF) blood test. Follow-up is recommended for people with obesity and insulin resistance using the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR). People with NASH with fibrosis and hypertension should have closer monitoring as there is a higher risk of disease progression.
For people with NASH and with an end-stage liver disease, liver failure or liver cancer, liver transplantation is an accepted procedure according to the EASL. People with a cirrhotic NASH considered for a liver transplantation should be systematically examined for cardiovascular diseases (whether the symptoms are apparent or not).
The overall survival is comparable to transplantation following other diseases, but they are more likely to die post-transplant because of cardiovascular disease or chronic kidney disease, which is related to the fact that people with NASH are often older and thus more prone to these complications. For this and other reasons, individuals with morbid obesity (BMI > 40 kg/m²) and NASH with cirrhosis may be considered unfit for liver transplantation until they follow lifestyle modifications to reduce body weight. Diabetic people with poor glycemic control are at similar risks, and good glycemic control should be ensured before attempting transplantation.
After transplantation, liver biopsy is the best method to monitor the evolution of post-transplant fibrosis, with significant fibrosis or portal hypertension one year after transplantation predicting rapid progression and graft loss and indicating the need for an urgent intervention.
The exact causes of the disease and mechanisms by which the disease progresses from one stage to the next are not fully understood, although findings provide new insights into the mechanisms. Indeed, NAFLD is a multisystem disease, impacting and being influenced by several other organs and pathways other than the liver.
The progression rate of fibrosis in humans with NASH is estimated to be 7 years, compared to 14 years with NAFLD, and with a dynamically, exponentially increasing rate along as more stages are reached, but it is very variable with different clinical manifestations among individuals. Fibrosis in humans with NASH progressed more rapidly than in humans with NAFLD. Obesity predicts a worse long-term outcome than for lean individuals. In the Asia-Pacific region, about 25% of NAFLDs progress to NASH under 3 years, but only a low proportion (3.7%) develop advanced liver fibrosis. An international study showed that people with NAFLD had a 10‐year survival rate of 81.5%.
NAFLD is a risk factor for fibrosis, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke and death from cardiovascular causes based on very low to low quality evidence from observational studies.
NAFL and NASH increase the risk of liver cancer. Cirrhosis and liver cancer induced by NAFLD were the second cause of liver transplantation in the US in 2017. Liver cancer develops in NASH in the absence of cirrhosis in 45% in the cases, and people with NASH cirrhosis have increased risk of liver cancer. Indeed, the rate of liver cancer associated with NASH increased fourfold between 2002 and 2012 in the US, which is more than any other cause of liver cancer. NAFLD constitutes the third most common risk factor for liver cancer. NAFL and NASH were found to worsen with a cirrhosis in respectively 2–3% and 15–20% of the people over a 10–20 year period. Cirrhosis is found in only about 50% of people with NAFLD and with liver cancer, so that liver cancer and cirrhosis are not always linked.
Although NAFLD can cause cirrhosis and liver failure and liver cancer, the majority of deaths among people with NAFLD is attributable to cardiovascular disease. Indeed, according to a meta-analysis of 34,000 people with NAFLD over 7 years, they have 65% increased risk of developing fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular events.
The percentage of people with NAFLD ranges from 9 to 36.9% in different parts of the world. For severely obese individuals, the prevalence of NAFLD rises over 90%, and for those with diabetes, over 60%, and up to 20% for normal-weight people. However, studies based on elevated liver enzymes systematically underestimated the true prevalence worldwide, and ultrasonography and proton NMR spectroscopy studies suggest about 25% of the population seems to be affected by NAFLD or NASH. Approximately 20% of the United States and 25% of the Asia-Pacific populations have non-alcoholic fatty liver. Similar prevalence can be found in Europe countries although less data is available. NAFLD is the most common in the Middle East (32%) and South America (30%) while Africa has the lowest rates (13%). In children ages 1 to 19, prevalence was found to be approximately 8% in the general population up to 34% in studies with data from child obesity clinics. Compared to the 2000s, NAFL and NASH respectively increased 2-fold and 2.5-fold in the 2010s in the USA.
Although the disease is commonly associated with obesity, a significant proportion of sufferers are normal weight or lean. Lean NAFLD affects between 10–20% of Americans and Europeans, and approximately 25% of the Asians, although some countries have a higher incidence (e.g., India has a very high proportion of lean NAFLD and almost no obese NAFLD). Lean NAFLD people are at the same or higher risks, with a poorer median survival rate (free of liver transplantation) than for obese NAFLD people, according to an international cohort study. PNPLA3 may be relevant for the progression of NAFLD in lean people. Thus, people suffering from NAFLD should be considered as a potential population for treatment regardless of obesity.
In the study of Children of the 90s, 2.5% born in 1991 and 1992 were found by ultrasound at the age of 18 to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; five years later transient elastography (fibroscan) found over 20% to have the fatty deposits on the liver, indicating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; half of those were classified as severe. The scans also found that 2.4% had the liver scarring, which can lead to cirrhosis.
NAFLD prevalence is expected to increase steadily, from 25% in 2018 to a projected 33.5% of people with NAFLD globally in 2030, and from 20% to a projected 27% of those with NAFLD will progress to NASH.
The first acknowledged case of obesity-related non-alcoholic fatty liver was observed in 1952 by Samuel Zelman. Zelman started investigating after observing a fatty liver in a hospital employee who drank more than twenty bottles of Coca-Cola a day. He then went on to design a trial during a year and half on 20 obese people who were not alcoholic, finding that about half of them had substantially fatty livers. Fatty liver was, however, linked to diabetes, atherosclerosis and choline depletion since at least 1784 and sugar in 1949, and was already recognized as a common occurrence in severe diabetes in the 1930s.
The name "non-alcoholic steatohepatitis" (NASH) was later defined in 1980 by Jurgen Ludwig and his colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in order to raise awareness on the existence of this pathology, as similar reports previously were dismissed as "patients' lies". This paper was mostly ignored at the time but eventually came to be seen as a landmark paper, and starting in the mid-1990s the condition began to be intensively studied, with a series of international meetings being held on the topic since 1998. The broader NAFLD term started to be used around 2002. Diagnostic criteria began to be worked out, and in 2005 the Pathology Committee of the NIH NASH Clinical Research Network proposed the NAS scoring system.
Society and culture
EASL recommends Europe's public health authorities to "restrict advertising and marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages and industrially processed foods high in saturated fat, sugar and salt", as well as "fiscal measures to discourage the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and legislation to ensure that the food industry improves labelling and the composition of processed foods", as well as "public awareness campaigns on liver disease, highlighting that it is not only linked to excessive consumption of alcohol".
In France, the French syndicate of non-alcoholic beverages "Boissons Rafraîchissantes de France" (that included soft drink producers such as Coca-Cola France, Orangina, PepsiCo France) was denounced by the French journal fr:Canard Enchainé for misleading consumers using a communication on their website titled "Better understanding the NASH pathology", explaining that "NASH pathology is sometimes called the soda illness by language abuse or an unfortunate semantic shortcut, as it is not directly linked to the consumption of non-alcoholic beverages". This page and others on the same website such as one titled "Say no to disinformation" were since then removed.
Pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was first reported in 1983. It is the most common chronic liver disease among children and adolescents since at least 2007, affecting 10 to 20% of them in the US in 2016. NAFLD has been associated with the metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of risk factors that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Studies have demonstrated that abdominal obesity and insulin-resistance in particular are thought to be key contributors to the development of NAFLD. Coexisting liver diseases, such as hepatitis C and cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis are also associated with an increased risk of NAFLD. Some children were diagnosed as young as 2 years old, with a mean age of diagnosis between 11–13 years old. The mean age is usually above 10 years, as children can also report non-specific symptoms and are thus difficult to diagnose for NAFLD.
Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with NAFLD than girls. Overweight, or even weight gain, in childhood and adolescence is associated with an increased risk of NAFLD later in life, with adult NAFLD predicted in a 31-year follow-up study by risk factors during childhood including BMI, plasma insulin levels, male sex, genetic background (PNPLA3 and TM6SF2 variants) and low birth weight, an emerging risk factor for adulthood NAFLD. In a study, simple steatosis was observed in up to 45% in children with a clinical suspicion of NAFLD. Children with a simple steatosis have a worse prognosis than adults, with significantly more of them progressing from NAFLD to NASH compared to adults. Indeed, 17-25% of children with NAFLD develop a NASH in general, and up to 83% for children with severe obesity (versus 29% for adults), further suggesting that hepatic fibrosis seem to follow a more aggressive clinical course in children compared to adults.
Early diagnosis of NAFLD in children may help prevent the development of liver disease during adulthood. This is challenging as most children with NAFLD are asymptomatic with only 42-59% showing abdominal pain. Other symptoms might be present, such as right upper quadrant pain or acanthosis nigricans, the latter being frequently observed in children with NASH, or hepatomegaly found in 30–40% of children with NAFLD.
Liver biopsies for diagnosis in children should be done when the diagnosis is unclear or before starting a potentially hepatotoxic medical therapy according to AASLD. The EASL suggest using fibrosis tests such as elastography, acoustic radiation force impulse imaging and serum biomarkers in order to reduce the number of biopsies. In followup, children should be offered a regular NAFLD screening for advanced liver fibrosis every two years using the enhanced liver fibrosis (ELF) blood test according to NICE. Several studies also suggest magnetic resonance elastography as an alternative to the less reliable ultrasonography.
Intensive lifestyle modifications, including physical activity and dietary changes, should be the first line of treatment according to AASLD and EASL as it improves the liver histology and aminotransferases levels. In terms of pharmacological treatment, metformin should be avoided but Vitamin E may improve liver health for some children. The NICE advises the use of Vitamin E for children with advanced liver fibrosis, whether they have diabetes or not. The only treatment shown to be truly effective in childhood NAFLD is weight loss.
Diagnosis and biomarkers
Because diagnosis based on a liver biopsy is invasive and makes it difficult to estimate epidemiology, accurate and inexpensive and noninvasive methods of diagnosing and monitoring NAFLD disease progression are a research priority. Search for these biomarkers of NAFLD, NAFL and NASH is involving lipidomics, medical imaging, proteomics, blood test and scoring systems.
According to a 2018 Nature Review, proton density fat fraction estimation by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI-PDFF) should be considered the most accurate and even gold standard test to quantify hepatic steatosis. They recommend ultrasound-based transient elastography (FibroScan) to accurately diagnose both fibrosis and cirrhosis in a routine clinical setting, with more objectivity than ultrasonography but with a lower accuracy than magnetic resonance elastography; and plasma cytokeratin 18 (CK18) fragment levels to be a moderately accurate biomarker of steatohepatitis. However, transient elastography can fail for people with pre-hepatic portal hypertension.
Drug development for NASH is very active and advancing rapidly. New drugs are being designed to target various intrahepatic sites, from regulating lipids and glucose homeostasis, to oxidant stress and mitochondrial targets in hepatocytes, inflammatory signals on hepatocytes and intracellular targets related to stellate cell activation and fibrogenesis. As of 2018, clinical trials are underway for cenicriviroc, elafibranor, obeticholic acid and selonsertib in phase 3, and several others in phase 2. Since NAFLD is a complex disease that involves several organs and tissues, combination therapies (combining compounds) and conjugate therapies (combining drugs and non-pharmacological therapies such as behavioral therapies or lifestyle changes) are investigated as a way to increase drugs efficiencies. However, most trials were relatively short, from 3 to 18 months, whereas real-world use will involve administration in the long-term.
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