Special Issue "Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Clinical Feature, Biomarker, Treatment, and Pathogenesis"

A special issue of Medical Sciences (ISSN 2076-3271).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Miwa Kawanaka
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Guest Editor
Department of Internal Medicine2, General Medical Center, Kawasaki Medical School, 2-6-1, Nakasange, Okayama city, Okayama 7008505, Japan
Interests: fibrosis; lipids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

NAFLD has to date been diagnosed by excluding other chronic liver diseases, including “excessive” alcohol consumption. Recently, however, a “positive criterion” has been proposed for metabolic-dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD). The criteria for this are based on evidence of hepatic steatosis, in addition to one of the following three criteria, namely, overweight/obesity, presence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, or evidence of metabolic dysregulation. NAFLDs, including NASH, and MAFLD, are currently the most common liver diseases worldwide. The principle of NAFLD/NASH treatment is weight loss by exercise and diet. There is no therapeutic drug with evidence, and a therapeutic drug for complications such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension to be used for drug therapy is currently under development. Accurate and non-invasive tools for identifying advanced fibrosis stages by blood sampling and imaging instead of liver biopsy are is also expected to be developed. The analysis of long-term prognosis, including the incidence of liver-related events, cardiovascular disease, and malignancy, is also important. Furthermore, it is necessary to examine factors and markers that can predict progression. In recent years, non-obese NASH/NAFLD (lean NASH/NAFLD; (BMI Caucasian ≤ 25 kg/m2 Asian ≤ 23 kg/m2)) is also an important topic.

In this Special Issue, we invited papers providing up-to date information stemming from clinical research on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and prognosis of NAFLD, including lean NAFLD and MAFLD.

Dr. Miwa Kawanaka
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Fatty liver disease
  • Metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD)
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Lean NASH/NAFLD
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Biomarker
  • Clinical future
  • Treatment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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