As the 12th-leading cause of death in the U.S., chronic liver disease is clearly associated with poor clinical outcomes. However, there’s not a lot of data available that provides insight on cost and patient impact of the disease.

In a blog posted on The Doctor Weighs In, Dr. Zobair Younossi and his colleagues at Inova Fairfax Hospital, VA, share results from their study that found patients with chronic liver disease used the health-care system more, resulting in three times the health-care costs, and experienced significant limitations in physical activity, home life and work.

Dr. Younossi presented data from the study “Chronic Liver Disease (CLD) is Associated with Significant Health Care Expenditure in the United States (U.S.),” abstract 230, on Sunday, May 22, at 8:30 a.m. PT.