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What is NASH?

December 06, 2020


NASH stands for Non-Alcoholic SteatoHepatitis. It is a disease characterized by fat accumulation and inflammation in the liver, which can lead to scarring and long-term damage. As indicated by the name, NASH is not caused by alcohol intake.

NASH is a progressive form of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease (NAFLD), but only around 10-20 percent of people with NAFLD will be diagnosed with NASH.

What are the symptoms?  

The early stages of the disease can present few or no symptoms, so NASH patients are often unaware of their condition until later stages. When NASH increases liver damage, patients may start to have the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue/weakness
  • Pain in the upper right abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss

What causes NASH?

The risk factors for NASH are:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol and high triglycerides
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Family history

NASH can develop in people who have none of these factors, however.

How do clinicians diagnose NASH?

A FibroScan® is an easy, painless way clinicians can assess liver damage and determine if someone has NASH. We offer FibroScans at no charge – connect with our team to set an appointment.

Are there treatments available?

At Florida Research Institute, we conduct clinical trials that offer advanced treatments and medications for people with NASH. Click here to see to connect with us and see if you’re eligible to participate.