Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is the most severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

NASH is defined as the liver manifestation of a metabolic disorder and is the most severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Explanation:

  • NAFLD is a condition in which fat builds up in the liver.
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and NASH are types of NAFLD.
  • Patients with NASH, develop inflammation and liver damage, along with fat in the liver.
  • Physicians use patients’ medical history, a physical exam, and tests to diagnose NAFLD.
  • They can also use blood tests, imaging tests, and liver biopsy to diagnose NAFLD and tell the difference between NAFL or NASH.

Reference

  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP-14) Blood Test Panel | Walk-In Lab (walkinlab.com)
  2. What is NASH? (Non alcoholic steatohepatitis) | NASH Education Program (the-nash-education-program.com)