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Fatty Liver Disease
(NAFLD, NASH)

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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