Fatty Liver Disease
Fatty Liver Overview
Fatty liver disease is
characterized by increased accumulation of fat, especially triglycerides, in the liver
cells. It is normal for the liver to contain some fat and by itself, this causes
no symptoms. In some patients, the excess fat can cause inflammation called steatohepatitis (steato=fat
+hepar=liver +itis=inflammation), although there is no relationship between the
amount of fat present and the potential for inflammation.
Steatohepatitis can lead to cirrhosis
(fibrosis, scarring and hardening of
the liver). There is also an association with liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma).
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