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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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LAMBIS A, Lina et al. Risk Factors Associated with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in a Colombian Caribbean Population. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2016, vol.31, n.2, pp.89-95. ISSN 0120-9957.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a health problem that has been demonstrated by  research from everywhere around the world where the disease's prevalence appears to be high. The aim of this pilot study was to describe the relationship of risk factors associated with NAFLD in terms of demographic, epidemiological and biochemical variables. Patients included in the study were drawn from people who came to the liver and biliary tract section of the Hospital Universitario del Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia. This was a prospective and descriptive pilot study that reviewed medical records for analysis of epidemiological and demographic variables. It assessed spectrophotometric measurement of transaminases for determination of De Ritis ratios (AST/ALT), and relationship to levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. The results suggest that risks of developing NAFLD were higher among women, among patients who were obese, among patients who had diabetes mellitus, among patients who had hypertension and obesity, and among patients who had diabetes combined with obesity. Patients at risk merit biochemical molecular study and a definitive diagnosis

Keywords : Fatty liver; NAFLD; gastroenterology.

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