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Distribution of Liver Disease in Bangladesh: A Cross-country Study

Salimur Rahman, Mohammad Faroque Ahmed, Mohammad Jamshed Alam, Mohammad Izazul Hoque, Chitta Ranjan Debnath

Citation Information : Rahman S, Faroque Ahmed M, Jamshed Alam M, Izazul Hoque M, Ranjan Debnath C. Distribution of Liver Disease in Bangladesh: A Cross-country Study. Euroasian J Hepatogastroenterol 2014; 4 (1):25-30.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10018-1092

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-01-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


Introduction: ‘Hepatology’, as an independent discipline of medical science, has recently been established in Bangladesh. The aim of this study was to formulate the distribution of pattern of liver diseases in this country. Materials and methods: In this retrospective study, data regarding patients of liver diseases from the seven different administrative divisions of Bangladesh between January 2012 and 2013 were compiled. Results: The study included 59,227 patients (age ranged 15-95 years). Majority of the patients were males (67.9%). Although all patients appeared at the department of hepatology, 13.2% were diagnosed with liver diseases, but a vast majority of patients (77.35%) were suffering from nonulcer dyspepsia or irritable bowel syndrome. Patients with liver diseases were mostly suffering from chronic liver diseases (CLDs) (37 - 69%). Complication of CLD, like hepatic encephalopathy, was less frequent in regions with better healthcare system. Nonviral infections, like liver abscess and biliary ascarisis, were not uncommon. Acute hepatitis was another very common entity and contributed to approximately 20% cases. Conclusion: This study provides insight about heterogeneous distribution pattern of liver diseases in different regions of Bangladesh.

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