Fatty liver

Overview

Fatty liver is also known as hepatic steatosis. It happens when fat builds up in the liver. Having small amounts of fat in your liver is normal, but too much can become a health problem.

Your liver is that the second largest organ in your body. It helps process nutrients from food and drinks and filters harmful substances from your blood.

Too much fat in your liver will cause liver inflammation, which can damage your liver and create scarring. In severe cases, this scarring can lead to liver failure.

When liver disease develops in somebody WHO drinks more of alcohol, it’s called alcoholic fatty liver} disease (AFLD).

 

Symptoms


  • Enlarged livers

  • Fatigue

  • Pain in the upper right abdomen

  • Abdominal swelling (ascites)

  • Enlarged blood vessels just beneath the skin's surface

  • Enlarged breasts in men

  • Enlarged spleen

  • Red palms

  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)

 

 

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