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The previous nomenclature was considered by some experts to be too stigmatising, as it contained the adjectives alcoholic and fatty. However, the pathophysiological inaccuracy in the old names is at least as relevant. It was therefore time for a revised nomenclature, according to the experts. A consortium of liver specialists, patient associations and professional societies therefore came together and gave fatty liver disease new names.
The aim was to name the diseases as precisely as possible and also to address the relevant pathophysiology.
The new nomenclature is more orientated towards the underlying cause of the disease than its predecessor. In addition, stigmatising adjectives are avoided and removed from the disease names. The experts hope that this will enable a more precise classification of the disease.
The renaming marks the beginning of a new era for fatty liver disease, at least formally. Greater attention is now being paid to the pathogenesis of the disease, paving the way for a more precise nomenclature. Patients will also be less stigmatised by the diagnosis, according to the experts.