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Fatty liver disease -
The two main causes are either alcohol abuse or obesity;
Alcoholic fatty liver -
There are a few lesser known contributing factor to the disease such as other illness which affect the metabolizing of fats. There may also be a hereditary factor or factors, as the condition tends to run in families.
Normally, fatty liver disease has very few symptoms. In the early stages especially,
it is considered asymptomatic. On rare occasions, however, some patients experience
If left untreated, the disease can progress to alcoholic hepatitis, or non-
The disease is usually diagnosed not from symptoms but from the results of tests which are usually taken to diagnose something else. These can include blood testing showing elevated liver enzymes, or medical scanning using ultrasound, MRI, etc. If fatty liver is found, a next step in diagnosis is to assess the patient's intake of alcohol. More than two drinks per day of alcohol intake indicates a diagnosis of alcoholic fatty liver, while lower or no alcohol consumption indicates fatty liver from another cause. The two forms of fatty liver are quite similar in effect but indicate different treatment options.
In the event of a positive diagnosis, a liver biopsy may be suggested to assess the extent of the progression of the disease/damage. A biopsy is a relatively minor surgery where a small sample of the liver tissue is removed for more thorough examination.
As a rule, except in rare cases, no treatment is recommended for fatty liver disease beyond what applies to treating the causes. Alcohol abuse, diabetes, obesity, and other causes of fatty liver disease can pose other health problems beyond just fatty liver, and obviously any of these is a cause for concern and for treatment. There are some complications to fatty liver disease that can on rare occasions arise. The most serious complication is hepatocellular carcinoma, which is a cancer of the liver.
As many as ten percent of patients with alcoholic fatty liver develop hepatocellular
carcinoma. It is also associated with non-
Fatty liver disease often is improved by changes in diet and lifestyle. In the case
of alcoholic fatty liver, obviously a reduction (or elimination) of alcohol consumption
should improve the condition. In non-
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