There are 2 considerations for the use of statins in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: to control the hyperlipidemia that is frequently associated with NASH, and to use them as therapy for NASH itself. Statins can be used to treat hyperlipidemia in patients with chronic liver disease.[1-3] The risk for statin-induced hepatotoxicity is minimal in patients with chronic liver disease, and serum aminotransferase levels can be monitored. Any statin can be used; both pravastatin and atorvastatin are acceptable for such patients.[4-6]
Friday, April 09, 2010
Statins in patients with NASH?
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