First in Fatty Liver Disease Diagnosis and Management

Specialized expertise + the most advanced technology = world-class liver care

Consider Your Liver

Fatty liver disease is extremely common, affecting an estimated 100 million – or 1 out of every 4 – Americans. Although this “silent” disease often has few noticeable symptoms, it can raise your risk of cardiovascular disease, liver failure, and liver cancer. That’s why Capital Digestive Care has invested in expert physicians, leading-edge technology, research, and support for people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), now known as metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), now known as metabolic dysfunction-associated steatohepatitis (MASH), and alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD).

Capital Digestive Care’s fatty liver disease experts provide a complete continuum of care model with a holistic approach that supports your health through diagnosis, monitoring, and ongoing screening. With our in-house laboratory and integrated clinical research arm, we have everything you need to manage your fatty liver disease in one place.

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases adopted new naming conventions for fatty liver disease and its associated conditions. The name changes aim to promote more inclusive and judgment-free care for people with liver disease.

Types of Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Now known as metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD).

NAFLD happens when too much fat builds up the liver of a person who drinks little to no alcohol. NAFLD is the leading cause of chronic liver disease worldwide. About 25 percent of people with NAFLD go on to develop NASH, which damages the liver.

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Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Now known as metabolic dysfunction-associated steatohepatitis (MASH).

NASH is the more severe form of fatty liver disease, which in many people begins as NAFLD. NASH causes the liver to become inflamed (swollen) and damaged. Over time, NASH can decrease liver function and lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.

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Metabolic Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease (MetALD)

MetALD occurs when too much fat builds up in the liver of someone who has MASLD and also drinks alcohol. MetALD can lead to NASH and an increased risk of developing heart disease, liver cancer, and cirrhosis.



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How We’re Different


Leading-edge technology


We are one of the few practices in the region to offer the latest technology to assess liver health. Many of these procedures are noninvasive and can be performed in the office by our experts.

  • Ultrasound-based procedures to detect, manage, and monitor fatty liver disease
  • Velacur and FibroScan ultrasound-based elastography, which can measure the degree of scarring (fibrosis), excess fat (steatosis), and inflammation in the liver


Fatty liver disease specialists


Capital Digestive Care is proud to have physicians with specialized expertise in liver disease generally, as well as in fatty liver disease specifically. You’ll know you’re getting the most excellent, up-to-date, evidence-based care available. Our experts are consistently named “Top Doctors” in regional publications.


Clinical research


Through our clinical research arm, Chevy Chase Clinical Research and our Norfolk, Virginia office, we offer our patients access to the latest therapies for fatty liver disease – before they’re available anywhere else.


Nationally renowned in-house laboratory


Our laboratory was the first GI specialty practice laboratory in the nation to be named a Roche Diagnostics Center of Excellence, which cements us as a key opinion leader in gastroenterology. We offer the full range of advanced anatomic pathology, molecular diagnostics, and clinical diagnostic testing, for accurate detection, management, and ongoing surveillance of your condition. Patients can conveniently complete their lab testing at most of our offices during their visit, eliminating the need for an extra appointment at an outside lab facility.

We Can Help

Capital Digestive Care offers advanced fatty liver disease care at convenient locations throughout the region. Contact one of our convenient locations to schedule an appointment with one of our fatty liver disease experts.


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