Death risk from liver disease twice as high in lower-income countries: Lancet study

Updated: May 25 2023 1:38PM

New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) The risk of death for hospitalised liver disease patients is more than twice as high in lower-or lower-middle income countries compared to high-income nations, according to a study that analysed data from 25 countries, including India.

The study, published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology journal, found that the higher risk in lower income countries is largely due to limited access to diagnostic and therapeutic resources.

Liver disease occurs when a person's liver experiences chronic inflammation, often due to obesity, excessive alcohol use, viral hepatitis or a combination.