A 56-year old Japanese female was admitted to our hospital because of the increased levels of serum AST, ALT, and gamma-GTP. She was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus in September, 1996 and had been on a regular glucocorticoid therapy since then. Abdominal ultrasonography showed the mild fatty liver, and hepatic histopathology revealed a typical and remarkable steatohepatitis, a remarkable neutrophil infiltration, and Mallory bodies. Because she had no history of alcohol-drinking, diagnosis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) was made. Treatment was started with a low-calorie diet, bed-rest, and an oral administration of alpha-tocopherol and bezafibrate with favorable effects on her serum levels of AST, ALT, gamma-GTP, and LDH. When a patient on a glucocorticoid therapy shows signs of fatty liver, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, an insulin resistance, NASH should be considered as one of the differential diagnosis. This is particularly important since proper therapy with a low-calorie diet and drugs with anti-oxidant activities improve this potentially progressive disease before resulting in liver cirrhosis and hepatic carcinoma.
Steroid isolation , depending on context, is the isolation of chemical matter required for chemical structure elucidation, derivitzation or degradation chemistry, biological testing, and other research needs (generally milligrams to grams, but often more  or the isolation of "analytical quantities" of the substance of interest (where the focus is on identifying and quantifying the substance (for example, in biological tissue or fluid). The amount isolated depends on the analytical method, but is generally less than one microgram.  [ page needed ] The methods of isolation to achieve the two scales of product are distinct, but include extraction , precipitation, adsorption , chromatography , and crystallization . In both cases, the isolated substance is purified to chemical homogeneity; combined separation and analytical methods, such as LC-MS , are chosen to be "orthogonal"—achieving their separations based on distinct modes of interaction between substance and isolating matrix—to detect a single species in the pure sample. Structure determination refers to the methods to determine the chemical structure of an isolated pure steroid, using an evolving array of chemical and physical methods which have included NMR and small-molecule crystallography .  :10–19 Methods of analysis overlap both of the above areas, emphasizing analytical methods to determining if a steroid is present in a mixture and determining its quantity.