Obese children with steatohepatitis can develop cirrhosis in childhood

Jean P. Molleston, Frances White, Jeffrey Teckman, Joseph F. Fitzgerald

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Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, in which fatty change and inflammation of the liver occur in the absence of excess alcohol intake, is increasingly recognized in obese children. Although fibrosis is common in pediatric nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, cirrhosis has been reported rarely. The two boys reported here developed cirrhosis from nonalcoholic steatohepatitis at ages 10 and 14 yr. One child progressed to cirrhosis with symptomatic portal hypertension within a 2-yr period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2460-2462
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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