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udca in geriatric patient

G Troisi, F Crisciotti, V Gianturco, E D'Ottavio, C Lo Iacono, V Formosa, S Bernardini, A Bellomo, B Marigliano, V Marigliano
AIMS: Evaluating the prevalence and the degree of steatosis in geriatric patients (65 to 85 years of age) with Metabolic Syndrome (defined by ATP III criteria); searching for metabolic factors which are predictive for the degree of steatosis; evaluating the efficacy of Ursodeoxycholic Acid (UDCA) for 6 months in the treatment of patients with NAFLD or NASH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied 87 geriatric patients with Metabolic Syndrome. Steatosis was diagnosed and graded by laboratory assessment and ultrasonography, method based on the determination of liver/kidney ratio through grey-scale intensity, which was calculated as an index of the severity of the steatosis: it could oscilates from 0 (none) to 3 (severe)...
May 2013: La Clinica Terapeutica
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