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Identifying Fatty Liver Disease

A Q&A With Dr. Niviann Blondet

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) – the accumulation of fat in the liver – is the most common liver disorder in the United States, affecting approximately 10% of children. Although incidence is increasing, this condition is uniquely difficult to diagnose.

To address this issue, Seattle Children’s has opened a new Fatty Liver Clinic to treat patients with a multidisciplinary approach.

“We estimate about 10 million children have fatty liver disease, but there’s a large population that goes undiagnosed,” said Dr. Niviann Blondet, a gastroenterologist at Children’s. “It’s not until they develop cirrhosis that they seek medical attention.”

Dr. Blondet offers the following information to providers in hopes that patients might be diagnosed sooner and treated more effectively.

What are the risk factors of NAFLD?

Obesity is the most significant risk factor. There is a direct correlation between NAFLD and body mass index (BMI). However, the disease can occur in children within a normal weight range.

The prevalence of NAFLD increases throughout childhood, possibly because BMI increases with age in children.

Studies have also shown an association with insulin resistance. NAFLD increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and may worsen glycemic control in children with diabetes and contribute to the development and progression of chronic diabetic complications.

Gender can also be a contributing factor. NAFLD is approximately 40% more common in boys than girls. Read full post »

Upcoming CME Events in Tri-Cities, Everett

On December 7, 2017 Dr. Kathleen Kieran will be presenting on “Top 5 Questions I Get From PCP’s” in the Tri-Cities. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison, Kenton McAllister at Kenton.Mcallister@seattlechildrens.org

On December 12, 2017 Dr. Niviann Blondet will be presenting on “Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease” in Everett. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison, Jen Mueller at Jen.Mueller@seattlechildrens.org

 

New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Alali Abdulaziz, MB BS, PhD, Harborview Medical Center, Neurosurgery
  • Dupuis Daniel, DDS, MSD, Northwest Pediatric Dentistry, Dentistry
  • McCabe Liana, MD, Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center, Pediatrics

Allied Health Professionals

  • Carl Anderson, ARNP, DNP, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Susanna Fenstermacher, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Tera Johnson, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Michelle Murphy, ARNP, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
  • Misty Smith, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Neonatology
  • Candy Yu, ARNP, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center