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A 31-year-old male asked:

I've been diagnosed with fatty liver, is that the same as having cirrhosis or hep b?

5 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: You need to get straight with your physician what is going on. If you drink as little as you say, alcohol is probably not the cause. A major gene for fatty liver / metabolic syndrome was just discovered and published in the NEJM a week ago. Hepatitis C can do this, but most often it's just you and it can be troublesome. Your best friend may be a return to a fitness-focused lifestyle.
Dr. Hien Tran
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Yes and no: Cirrhosis is the irreversible scarring of the liver with many causes including alcohol/drug damage, infections such as hepatitis, fatty liver, etc. however just because u have fatty liver does mean that u have cirrhosis. Usually if u catch fatty liver in the early stages u could reverse the damage by diet, exercise, sups and meds
Dr. Inaam Schneider
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Yes and no : Fatty liver means that there is fatty cells have infiltrated the liver . Commonest cause is Obesity . A certain percentage of fatty liver can progress to to cirrhosis , but not all . Treatment is weight loss and decreasing fat and carb intake . Fatty liver is not the same as Hep B . Hep B is a viral infection , if untreated , can progress to Cirrhosis .
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 54 years experience
Not really.: Fatty Liver is also called Fatty Liver Disease which can be caused by a variety of reasons from diet, drugs, alcohol,infection or even Insulin resistance and it is reversible.
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: cirrhosis is advanced liver disease, scarring - from any cause. Hep B is a virus. you have fatty liver - make sure you stay at a good weight with a healthy lifestyle and you can avoid the worry of progression to cirrhosis.

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Is cirrhosis worse than fatty liver?

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Quick response Yes: Cirrhosis is advanced liver inflammation with the multitude of complications that you see with it and none of them are great to experience. Fatty live disease on the other is mild liver enzyme elevation that you see due to the deposition of fat in the liver. Tend to see it in heavier set people.
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Last updated Aug 1, 2014


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