High Z polymer levels linked to fibrosis, inflammation in alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency

WASHINGTON — Elevated Z polymer levels may predict lung and liver disease activity in patients with alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, according to a presenter at The Liver Meeting.“Homozygous ZZ alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, or AATD, is a common genetic metabolic disorder affecting adults and children,” Anandini Suri, MD, a GI fellow at Saint Louis University…

Diabetes, hepatitis C predict higher risk for alcohol-associated liver disease

WASHINGTON — Patients with alcohol use disorder and diabetes mellitus or hepatitis C were at higher risk for advanced liver disease, while African American race had a protective effect, according to late-breaking data at The Liver Meeting.The prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the U.S. is approximately 30 million, with 95,000 deaths per year…