The test could ensure that people receive medical treatment early, before irreversible damage .
use of the information collected in a study of liver biopsy, researchers at Cardiff University have found a way to determine the onset of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
experts analyzed lipids and blood clinical markers that could point to the condition.
NASH is the most extreme form of the disease nonalcoholic fatty liver -. A series of conditions caused by an accumulation of fat in the liver
With NASH, inflammation of the liver cell damage, which can cause scarring and cirrhosis.
Currently, the diagnosis of NASH can only perform a liver biopsy, which is an invasive and expensive procedure.
the new research could lead to a simple blood test that could catch the start of NASH before inflammation damages the liver
Immunity Dr. You Zhou Systems Research at Cardiff University Institute, said, therefore, the diagnosis often after producing damage “Many people with NASH do not have symptoms and are unaware that they are developing a serious liver problem
..” . irreversible is done “
Dr. Zhou added,”. Our fastest and least invasive diagnostic could mean that more people with the disease nonalcoholic fatty liver could easily tested to determine whether they progress to NASH, the most severe form of the disease “
experts say a healthy liver should contain little or no fat.
however, it is estimated that about 20 percent of people in the UK have early stages of liver disease in which there . small amounts of fat in their liver
NASH is estimated to affect up to five percent of the UK population and is now considered to be one of the leading causes of cirrhosis – a condition where irregular bumps replace the liver tissue soft, making it more difficult and decreasing the amount of healthy cells to support normal functions.
This can lead to complete liver failure.
common risk factors for NAFLD and NASH are obesity, lack of physical exercise and insulin resistance.
But if detected and managed at an early stage, it is possible to stop both NAFLD and NASH worse.
The new method of diagnosis of NASH will be exposed to more research in order to develop a simple blood test that can be used by doctors to provide effective medical care for patients at high risk of the disease.
The study is published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.