Persons who have had inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) for a prolonged period of time may be at higher risk for liver disease, according to a recent study at Houston Methodist Hospital. The study of 400 patients was retrospective (looking at data from a past period of time), and consisted of 3 categories:
Patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
Patients with NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease)
Patients with concurrent IBD and NAFLD
The findings revealed that persons with both disorders tended to be older. About 13% of the study group had both conditions, and it appears that long term IBD was a trigger for liver disease. NAFLD can have serious consequences, including cirrhosis, fibrosis and ultimately liver failure. A broader patient study group is needed to confirm the findings, and determine the link between the two conditions.
You can read more about this recent study by clicking here.