Pathophysiology guided treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

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Abstract

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a spectrum that ranges from benign steatosis to steatohepatitis. It has become the most common cause of chronic liver disease, and yet there continues to be a lack of effective therapeutic options. This article reviews current concepts underlying the pathophysiological basis of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis from development of insulin resistance to the establishment of fibrosis. Then using a physiology-based approach, specific targeted therapeutics are reviewed along with their drawbacks. The evidence behind current therapies is based predominantly on small trials and, thus, no recommendations can be made until larger randomized trials are conducted.

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