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© 2017 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Patients with rare diseases are often disadvantaged, particularly those with rare liver diseases. Reasons for disadvantage include delayed or overlooked diagnosis, lack of local expertise and high-quality care, poor scientific understanding of the disease process and limited therapeutic options. In adult liver disease this can be compounded by prejudices towards patients with liver disease in general, because of a perception (incorrect for all rare liver diseases) that liver disease is lifestyle related and thus "self-inflicted". In paediatric rare liver diseases, such as biliary atresia, optimising outcomes requires a particularly timely diagnosis. Irrespective of patient age, the scientific and medical community must rise to the challenge of advancing our understanding of rare liver disease, searching for more effective and specific therapies, and providing the infrastructure to provide the best care for all patients, infants, children, young and older adults. The European Reference Network for Rare Liver Diseases is an important step in this direction.
Author(s): Jones DEJ, Sturm E, Lohse AW
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Hepatology
Print publication date: 01/03/2018
Online publication date: 04/11/2017
Acceptance date: 01/11/2017
ISSN (print): 0168-8278
ISSN (electronic): 1600-0641
Publisher: Elsevier BV
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