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From NAFLD to MAFLD: when pathophysiology succeeds

Two new position papers convincingly propose that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease needs a new name — metabolic associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD). A new name for this disease affecting nearly one billion people globally is overdue, as knowledge gained from the past decades has assuringly demonstrated that MAFLD is a purely metabolic disorder.

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Fig. 1: MAFLD: an ‘old’ new disease.

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Tilg, H., Effenberger, M. From NAFLD to MAFLD: when pathophysiology succeeds. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 17, 387–388 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41575-020-0316-6

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