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Revista Costarricense de Salud Pública

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GARZONA NAVAS, Andrés Francisco  and  ESQUIVEL ZUNIGA, María Rebeca. Non alcoholic fatty liver disease: A silent problem in Costa Rican Health. Rev. costarric. salud pública [online]. 2014, vol.23, n.2, pp.129-136. ISSN 1409-1429.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition that encompasses the spectrum of simple hepatic steatosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. This condition affects 20 to 30% of the general adult population in Western societies. Is often associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes among other frequent diseases nowadays. Recently it has been reported an alarming prevalence of 72% diabetic type 2 patients in Costa Rica, which are approximately 10,5% of the population in the country. Its high prevalence, silent clinical manifestations, important cardiovascular risk and serious liver complications association, turn this entity on a topic of great relevance to public health.

Keywords : Fatty liver; steatosis; metabolic syndrome; cirrhosis; steatohepatitis.

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