Posted by: shelley | 2008/09/17


Hi Doc
I would like to know from you about fat on the liver? what is ,systoms and treatment ? is it life threating if not treated?

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Hi Shelley
This is called fatty liver and is associated with with too much alcohol use, metabolic syndrome (diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol), malnutrition, severe weight loss, certain medications ( aids medicines, certain heart medications, cortisone) or inflammatory bowel disease. It is usually discovered incidentally because of abnormal liver function tests or enlarged liver. Treatment will depend on the cause and if picked up early it is usually reversable. If not treated it can cause liver damage. Up to 10% of people with alcohol induced cirrhotic fatty liver may develop liver cancer.
Dr Bets

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