Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has rapidly become the most common cause of liver disease in children. This is partly because of the recent increase in childhood obesity.
NAFLD is a condition in which fat builds up in the liver. If NAFLD isn’t treated, it can lead to a serious condition called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). This can cause scarring (fibrosis), cirrhosis and liver failure.
This might sound scary, but there is good news: Children can reverse NASH by eating healthier and exercising. Children’s Health℠ can help your child and family make lifestyle changes that start the path to recovery.
The treatment process starts with tests that look for liver disease. We use advanced imaging and (if needed) innovative biopsy techniques to diagnose NAFLD. Then we bring together gastrointestinal specialists, dietitians and a psychologist to help your child make lasting dietary and lifestyle changes.