Clinical Progression of Metabolic-Associated Fatty Liver Disease Is Rare in a Danish Tertiary Liver Center

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Data concerning non-invasive discrimination of simple steatosis from steatohepatitis in metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) and risk of disease progression in patients with MAFLD are conflicting. We aimed to investigate these factors in an MAFLD cohort at a Danish tertiary liver centre. We retrospectively assessed 129 patients with biopsy-proven MAFLD. Patients were divided according to the presence of simple steatosis or steatohepatitis in liver biopsies. Histological and clinical progression were assessed during follow-up. Patients with steatohepatitis had higher BMIs, liver stiffness, HbA1c and soluble (sCD163) and were more prone to have metabolic syndrome at baseline compared with simple steatosis patients. Of the 129 patients, 31 had a follow-up biopsy after a median of 287 days; simple steatosis progressed to steatohepatitis in 7 cases, while 2 regressed. Twenty patients had the same fibrosis stage according to the follow-up biopsy, seven progressed and four regressed. Only 14 patients progressed clinically (median follow-up time was 3.8 years). Clinical progression was associated with female sex, high creatinine, high sCD163 and disease severity in the diagnostic liver biopsy. Steatohepatitis was associated with metabolic and inflammatory parameters including fibroscan. Disease progression was seen in only 11% of cases and was mainly related to more severe histological disease at baseline.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2271
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

    Research areas

  • fibrosis, inflammation, liver biopsy, MAFLD, steatosis

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