Published online Sep 15, 2013. doi: 10.4251/wjgo.v5.i9.186
Revised: August 14, 2013
Accepted: August 20, 2013
Published online: September 15, 2013
Core tip: Hepatocellular carcinoma is a common malignancy with dismal outcome. The metabolic syndrome has been implicated for the recent increase in hepatocellular carcinoma. Numerous studies have shown a strong association between hepatocellular carcinoma and the metabolic syndrome. This review summarizes the current literature linking hepatocellular carcinoma and the metabolic syndrome.