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RMJ. 2004; 29(1): 8-12

Characteristic features of 50 NAFLD patients

Muhammad Khurram, Abdul Shakoor, Mian M Arshad, Hamama tul Bushra Khaar, Zubair Hasan..

Objectives To note characteristic features of patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD] diagnosed on ultrasound basis.
Design Descriptive.
Place and duration of study DHQ Teaching Hospital, Rawalpindi, from January to June 2003.
Subjects and methods Fifty NAFLD patients diagnosed on ultrasonographic findings were inducted consecutively. Patients with conditions associated with secondary NAFLD were excluded. Clinical and laboratory evaluation of each patient was done to note presence or absence of obesity, hepatomegaly, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and diabetes mellitus. Obtained data was analyzed using statistical program, SPSS version 10.
Results Of the 50, 54% were female and 46% male. Mean patient age was 42.78  12.29 years. 66% patients were obese, 56% had hepatomegaly, 28% had elevated cholesterol, 72% had hypertriglycedemia, and 44% were diabetic. All of these features except for hypercholesterolemia were common in females.
Conclusion Obesity, hepatomegaly, diabetes, and hypertriglycedemia are characteristic features of our NAFLD patients that are more common in females.

Key words: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, Obesity, Hepatomegaly, Hypertriglycedemia, Diabetes mellitus.

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