Fatty Liver Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
Extra fat in your liver is termed fatty liver disease or medical practitioners call it hepatic steatosis. Your liver is the second largest organ in your body. It helps process nutrients from food and drinks. It filters harmful substances from your blood. Heavy drinking makes you more likely to get a fatty liver. Over time, too much alcohol leads to a buildup of fat inside your liver cells. Having small amounts of fat in your liver is normal, but too much can become a health problem. Liver inflammation can be because of too much fat, which can damage your liver and create scarring. In severe cases, this scarring can lead to liver failure. Someone who drinks a lot of alcohol shows a higher risk of the fatty liver known as alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD). In someone who doesn’t drink a lot of alcohol, it’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Fatty Liver Symptoms
In many cases, fatty liver causes no observable symptoms. But you may feel discomfort and tiredness or pain in the upper right side of your abdomen.
Some people with fatty liver disease develop complications, including liver scarring. Liver scarring is known as liver fibrosis. If you develop severe liver fibrosis, it is known as cirrhosis.
Fatty Liver Causes
The development of fatty liver is when your body produces too much fat or doesn’t metabolize fat efficiently enough. The excess fat is stored in liver cells. When the fat gets accumulated, it causes fatty liver disease.
This build-up of fat can be caused by a variety of reasons.
For example, drinking too much alcohol can cause alcoholic fatty liver disease. This is the first stage of alcohol-related liver disease. The cause of the fatty liver disease is less clear for those who don’t drink alcohol.
One or more of the following factors may play a role:
- High blood sugar
- Insulin resistance
- High levels of fat, especially triglycerides, in your blood
Less common causes include:
- Rapid weight loss
- Some types of infections, such as hepatitis C
- Side effects from some types of medications, such as methotrexate (Trexall), amiodarone (Pacerone), tamoxifen (Nolvadex), and valproic acid (Depakote)
- Exposure to certain toxins
- Genetic factors
To diagnose fatty liver, our doctors at Yashoda Hospital & Research Centre, Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad, will take your medical history and conduct a physical exam. Our pre-eminent doctors at Yashoda may palpate or press on your abdomen. If your liver is enlarged, they might be able to feel it. Our doctors are the best in Delhi NCR and Ghaziabad.
However, your liver can be inflamed without being enlarged. Our specialists might not be able to tell if your liver is inflamed by touch. For further diagnosis, testing would be required, Yashoda Hospital & Research Centre, Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad, provides world-class testing facilities. The patient can immediately go back home there is no pain/cutting. Also, no anaesthesia is required for this procedure.
If your liver is damaged or injured, it becomes difficult for the body to perform daily tasks. Also, no medications have been approved for treating fatty liver disease, but in many cases, lifestyle changes can help reverse fatty liver disease. For example, our doctors at Yashoda might advise you to:
- Take steps to lose weight
- Limit or avoid alcohol
- Make changes to your diet
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Specialists at Yashoda Hospital Hospital & Research Centre, Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad
Dr. Manish Kumar Gupta (Senior Consultant, Gastroenterology & Hepatology)
Dr. Manish Kumar Gupta is a well-known gastroenterologist in Ghaziabad and Delhi NCR. His specializations are in chronic liver disease (hepatitis B & C, cirrhosis, portal hypertension, variceal bleeding & ascites).
Dr. Sushrut Singh (Consultant, Gastroenterology & Hepatology)
Dr. Sushrut Singh is an outstanding hepatologist. He has expertise in Fibroscan, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic gastric balloon placement for obesity (weight-loss without bariatric surgery), Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology (EUS-FNAC), etc.