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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease means that you have fat inside your liver that can, over time, affect liver function and cause liver injury. People who drink too much alcohol may also have fat in their liver, but that condition is different from fatty liver disease.

Types of fatty liver disease

Health care providers divide the fatty liver disease into two types. If you just have fat but no damage to your liver, the disease is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). If you have fat in your liver plus signs of inflammation and liver cell damage, the disease is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

About 10% to 20% of Americans have NAFLD. About 2% to 5% have NASH.

Symptoms

Fatty liver disease is sometimes called a silent liver disease. This is because it can happen without causing any symptoms. Most people with NAFLD live with fat in their liver without developing liver damage. A few people who have fat in their liver develop NASH.

If you have NASH, you may have symptoms that could take years for them to develop. If liver damage from NASH leads to permanent scarring and hardening of your liver, this is called cirrhosis.  

Symptoms from NASH may include:

NASH that turns into cirrhosis could cause symptoms like fluid retention, internal bleeding, muscle wasting, and confusion. People with cirrhosis over time may develop liver failure and need a liver transplant.

If you have any questions and would like to set up an appointment to speak with our surgeons at Capitol Gastro, please call 512-593-6022 or visit our website at www. CapitolGastro.com. We have five locations all around Austin, Texas including Cedar Park, Georgetown, Driftwood, South Austin and North Austin!

Author
Melody Masterson

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