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How long before fatty liver turn to cirrousis?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
It depends: Fatty liver is the precursor, the first stage of liver response to injury (eg, from alcohol). The speed with which cirrhosis develops depends on the size of the injury (eg, how much alcohol continues to be consumed) and on genetic predisposition to developing cirrhosis. It's possible to develop cirrhosis after as little as 1-2 drinks per day for many years.

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Does fatty liver generally turn into cirrosis and if so how long do you have to live?

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Dr. Todd Chambers
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Usually not: Fatty liver is most often due to excess weight and usually does not progress to cirrhosis. Work on regular exercise, weight reduction and eliminating other sources of liver irritation such as alcohol. It's usually a good idea to get vaccinated against viral hepatitis as well.

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