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Heavy Metals Linked With Autoimmune Liver Disease

Key clinical point: Exposure to heavy metals from natural and man-made sources may contribute to development of autoimmune liver disease.

Major finding: Proximity to coal mines accounted for 39% of the variation of distribution of primary biliary cholangitis.

Study details: A structural equation modeling study evaluating relationships between autoimmune liver disease, social deprivation, and environmental triggers.

Disclosures: The investigators reported no relevant disclosures.


Dyson J et al. The Liver Meeting 2019, Abstract 48.