Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Liver Diseases

Genes may play a role in liver disease

Category: Liver Diseases

A family history of liver disease may predict the necessity of liver testing. A new study has found that variations of a particular gene that can be passed from generation to generation may be a contributor to liver conditions such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis and cirrhosis.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health Medical Center performed genetic testing on individuals who had one such liver disease or exhibited its early stages. They found that a significant number of patients had a particular gene that is uncommon in healthy individuals.

"Our findings suggest that the allele may predispose patients to fat accumulation in the liver, but that other factors, environmental or hereditary, may be required for the development of inflammation, cellular injury and fibrosis," said T. Jake Liang, who led the study. "However, once patients develop NASH, the allele predisposes them to more severe injury."

A total of 20 to 30 percent of the population has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a precursor to more severe liver conditions. The findings could give physicians a better idea of which patients will benefit from liver testing by including family history as a risk factor.

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top