Hepatopathy of Mauriac syndrome: a retrospective review from a tertiary liver centre

Arch Dis Child. 2014 Apr;99(4):354-7. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2013-304426. Epub 2014 Jan 10.


Background: Mauriac syndrome is characterised by growth failure, cushingoid appearance and hepatomegaly which occurs in patients with insulin dependent diabetes and was first described shortly after the introduction of insulin as a treatment for the condition.

Objective: To describe the clinical features, histological findings and outcome of young people with glycogenic hepatopathy, the hepatic manifestation of Mauriac syndrome (MS).

Design: Retrospective cohort study.

Patients: Young people with glycogenic hepatopathy.

Setting: Tertiary paediatric hepatology unit.

Results: Thirty-one young people (16 M), median age of 15.1 years (IQR 14-16.2) presented within the study period. Median age of diagnosis of diabetes was 10 years (IQR 8-11). Median insulin requirement was 1.33 units/kg/day; median HbA1c was 96.7 mmol/mol (IQR 84.7-112.0). Growth was impaired: median height z-score was -1.01 (-1.73 to 0.4) and median body mass index (BMI) z-score was 0.28 (-0.12 to 0.67). Hepatomegaly was universal with splenomegaly in 16%. Transaminases were abnormal with a median aspartate aminotransferase (AST) of 76 IU/L and gamma glutamyltransferase of 71 IU/L. Liver biopsy was undertaken in 19 (61%). All showed enlarged hepatocytes with clear cytoplasm with glycogenated nuclei in 17. Steatosis was present in the majority. Inflammation was present in 8 (42%). Fibrosis was seen in 14 (73%) and was generally mild though 2 had bridging fibrosis. Megamitochondria were described in 7. Presence of megamitochondria correlated with AST elevation (p=0.026) and fibrosis on biopsy (p=0.007). At follow-up 17 children had normal or improved transaminases, in 13 there was no change. Transaminases followed the trend of the child's HbA1c.

Conclusions: Despite modern insulin regimens and monitoring in children with type 1 diabetes, MS still exists. Significant steatosis, inflammation and fibrosis were all seen in liver biopsies.

Keywords: Diabetes; Hepatology; Metabolic.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Biopsy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications*
  • Fatty Liver / etiology
  • Fatty Liver / metabolism
  • Fatty Liver / pathology
  • Female
  • Glycogen / metabolism
  • Growth Disorders / etiology
  • Hepatitis / etiology
  • Hepatitis / metabolism
  • Hepatitis / pathology
  • Hepatomegaly / etiology*
  • Hepatomegaly / metabolism
  • Hepatomegaly / pathology
  • Humans
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Liver / ultrastructure
  • Liver Cirrhosis / etiology
  • Liver Cirrhosis / metabolism
  • Liver Cirrhosis / pathology
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Syndrome


  • Glycogen