Published online May 7, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i17.4987
Revised: December 21, 2013
Accepted: February 17, 2014
Published online: May 7, 2014
Core tip: Hispanics have a significantly higher prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and evidence of more advanced disease when compared to other ethnic groups. As a consequence it has been proposed that clinicians perform biopsies on Hispanics diagnosed with NAFLD given the increased of fibrosis development. Most of the studies examining Hispanics with NAFLD evaluated those of Mexican descent. It is unknown if this increased propensity to develop NAFLD is uniform among all people classified as Hispanics or if certain subpopulations are at higher risk. This study aims to compare the prevalence rates of NAFLD between US Hispanic subgroups.