19 February 2021

Fatty liver disease and LFTs: The essentials

Clinical Gastro

Dr Nathan Connelly gives Dr David Lim the lowdown.

In this episode:

  • Don’t call it NAFLD, it’s Metabolic Associated Fatty Liver Disease – MAFLD (or Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Fatty Liver Disease) as it is part of the Insulin Resistance Metabolic Spectrum
  • LFTs useless in monitoring and staging severity, these patients must be staged early using a fibroscan or ARFI (Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse) Ultrasound to measure liver stiffness
  • Treatment is weight loss, weight loss, weight loss… Even very severe disease will improve.
  • Most importantly, manage the patient’s cardiovascular risk factors aggressively, all patients with MAFLD are at high risk of dying from CVD

Host: Dr David Lim, GP

Guest: Dr Nathan Connelly, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist; Founding Director, Moonee Valley Specialist Centre; Member, Australian Association of Consultant Physicians, Gastroenterological Society of Australia and the Conjoint Committee for Endoscopy Accreditation

Total time: 40 mins

Recommended Resource:

Moonee Valley Specialist Centre 

1003 Mt Alexander Road
Essendon, VIC, 3040
Ph: 03 9372 0372