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Liver Diseases in the Elderly: An Update

Floreani A.

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Department of Surgical and Gastroenterological Sciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

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Prof. Annarosa Floreani

Division of Gastroenterology

Via Giustiniani, 2, IT–35128 Padova (Italy)

Tel. +39 049 821 2894, Fax +39 049 876 0820

E-Mail annarosa.floreani@unipd.it

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Although there are no liver diseases specific to advanced age, the clinical course and management of liver diseases in the elderly may differ in several aspects from those of younger adults. During the last decade an explosion of new knowledge in liver disease has provoked increasing enthusiasm among hepatologists. On the other hand, the development of new emerging conditions (e.g. non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) and novel therapeutic approaches has made it increasingly difficult to validate and assimilate information to be applied in clinical practice. Some liver diseases in the elderly need to be revisited, particularly non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, chronic hepatitis C, alcoholic liver disease, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Moreover, some therapeutic approaches, especially antiviral therapy and liver transplantation, should be discussed also in selected groups of elderly patients.

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Published online: May 04, 2007
Issue release date: April 2007

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0257-2753 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9875 (Online)

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