Fatty liver

Fatty Liver

Fatty liver disease is a common condition affecting up to 10% of the population. Often times there are no symptoms, and the first abnormality detected may be abnormal blood tests (liver function tests). If left untreated for a prolong period of time the liver can become inflamed (hepatitis) or even scar (cirrhosis) and not function properly.

Fatty liver disease is associated with:

  • Being overweight
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications
  • Thyroid disease
  • Pregnancy
  • The investigations involve a blood test and a liver ultrasound. Treatment involves weight loss, management of the above predisposing factors and regular surveillance.