Children who are overweight or obese, have diabetes or have high cholesterol can develop Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a disease in which too much fat is stored in the liver. The extra fat in the liver can become Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), the most severe form of NAFLD, causing swelling and scar tissue. Over time, NASH can lead to cirrhosis, which can result in liver failure and loss of liver function. Usually the disease is reversible through weight loss if it is in the early stages and no scarring is found.
The Steatohepatitis Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center helps identify NAFLD and NASH in childhood so treatment interventions can be initiated to reverse and resolve the disease before progression to end-stage liver disease can occur.
A diagnosis of NASH or NAFLD can have long-term consequences for your child. Our team works with you, your child and your family to address the unique challenges of these diseases, from dietary concerns to the danger of obesity.
We provide evaluation, management and preventive therapies to give your child the best outcome as you manage his disease. Our gastroenterology programs are ranked No. 5 in the nation in the 2020-21 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report. Read more about who we are and the diseases we treat on our Services page.
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