Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
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.