Accelerating Screening for Undiagnosed Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
Jan 22, 2020, Published in Business Wire
Echosens is proud to support the Fatty Liver Foundation (FLF), a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting fatty liver disease and advocating for the ongoing screening of undiagnosed nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its more severe form nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The FLF is raising awareness about this asymptomatic condition affecting as many as one-in-three Americans. As part of its initiatives, the FLF is using FibroScan, a painless, five-minute test at the point of care to help physicians detect, monitor and prevent the progression of liver disease among patients who are often asymptomatic and may be high-risk.
Prevalence of NAFLD in Adults
The work of the FLF highlights the growing role that patients and healthcare providers can play in addressing this public health challenge. We are proud that FibroScan is playing an important role in their efforts to proactively identify the high number of Americans who remain undiagnosed with liver fibrosis or cirrhosis casued by fatty liver disease. This FLF study demonstrates the critical importance of ongoing assessments of both liver fat and fibrosis at the point of care to diagnose and monitor high-risk patients. Ongoing monitoring of NAFLD is particularly important for people who are obese and have Type 2 diabetese as these patients may be at increased risk of liver cirrhosis, fibrosis and liver cancer.
The FLF has completed the recruitment phase of Screening for Undiagnosed NAFLD-NASH (SUNN) study (NCT03726827) and will be publishing the results of data gathered to identify risk factors for individuals with advancing but asymptomatic liver disease who have not been diagnosed by a physician but choose to self-select for screening with FibroScan.
Wayne Eskridge, CEO of the FLF states, “We’re very excited to work with Echosens and share a mission to reach into every community in America to ensure that more asymptomatic individuals get screened in a timely way. Our key message is that NAFLD can be reversed through diet and lifestyle modification if caught in the early stages, potentially avoiding progression to NASH or fibrosis”.
About the Fatty Liver Foundation
The Fatty Liver Foundation is the only national, non-profit patient organization dedicated to improving the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and support of Americans with fatty liver, NAFLD or NASH through awareness, screening, education, and patient outreach. The FLF’s goal is to improve the lives of both asymptomatic and diagnosed patients by raising awareness, developing wellness screening, educating patients and championing the development of responsive support systems for individuals affected by the growing epidemic of fatty liver disease. For more information on the Fatty Liver Foundation, please visit www.fattyliverfoundation.org and follow on Twitter @LiverSaver.