Current imaging methodologies can detect steatosis with increasing accuracy but cannot detect inflammation or pre-cirrhotic fibrosis or remodeling of the liver parenchyma. Imaging also cannot assess types or localization of hepatic steatosis. With the increased use of rodents to study NAFLD/NASH, careful analysis or reading highlights the fact that liver tissue evaluations reported in many of the popular animal models of NAFLD/NASH often do not imitate many of the significant aspects of the human disease, despite similar terminology applied by investigators. This review will focus on the findings in human disease.
- Histologic lesions