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The Growing Challenge of Advanced Liver Disease Due to Alcohol Use in the United States

Gallegos-Orozco, Juan F. MD1

American Journal of Gastroenterology: November 2019 - Volume 114 - Issue 11 - p 1712–1713
doi: 10.14309/ajg.0000000000000422
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Through detailed analyses of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, and the United Network for Organ Sharing registry, the authors provide a view of the epidemiology of the spectrum of alcohol liver disease (ALD) in the United States. Although the prevalence of ALD among the general population has been relatively stable at 8%, over the last decade, there has been an increase in ALD with advanced fibrosis, including increased hospitalizations for liver cirrhosis and its complications, and an increase in ALD as a cause for liver transplant listing, as well as a greater proportion of liver cancer cases associated with ALD.

1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Correspondence: Juan F. Gallegos-Orozco, MD. E-mail: Juan.gallegos@hsc.utah.edu.

Received September 01, 2019

Accepted September 05, 2019

Online date: October 14, 2019

© The American College of Gastroenterology 2019. All Rights Reserved.
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