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:
The investigations involve a blood test and a liver ultrasound. Treatment involves weight loss, management of the above predisposing factors and regular surveillance.