Clinical Practice Guideline: Diagnosis and Management of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Brief Description:  Provide clinicians information to guide their understanding of the appropriate testing to order for patients presenting with fatty liver (a.k.a. hepatic steatosis) on ultrasound.

Key Points:

  • NAFLD affects about 25% of global population with increased mortality in patients with non‐alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and hepatic fibrosis
  • Referral to Hepatology is recommended for all NAFLD patients with advanced hepatic fibrosis
  • All patients with NAFLD should be:
    • Assessed for presence of hepatic fibrosis
    • Educated on healthy lifestyle and weight management
    • Regularly monitored for worsening condition