Common Liver Diseases and Transplantation: An Algorithmic Approach to Work Up and Management

Robert S Brown Jr, MD MPH

Chapter 1: Evaluation And Management Of Early Liver Disease (continued)

Robert S. Brown Jr, MD, MPH; Michael Einstein , MD; George G. Abdelsayed, MD, FACP, FACG

Liver disease is a common problem in the United States. For example, over 7 million Americans likely have chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, or alcoholic liver disease. It is also estimated that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects nearly 1 out of 3 people, a prevalence that will continue to increase along with the obesity epidemic. Given that liver disease can lead to cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and markedly reduce life expectancy, an appropriate screening algorithm is essential. Cost-effective and minimally invasive screening tests are essential in today’s medical…