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Is there a way to reverse fatty liver before it leads to cirrhosis? My doctor told me I have a fatty liver and i’m worried it will lead to cirrhosis. Is fatty liver reversible?

Is there a way to reverse fatty liver before it leads to cirrhosis? My doctor told me I have a fatty liver and i’m worried it will lead to cirrhosis. Is fatty liver reversible?

Fatty : Fatty liver refers to an accumulation of fat in and around the liver. In most patients, the condition itself is not harmful. On the other hand, if the fat leads to inflammation there can be damage to the liver. The diagnosis then, for patients who don't drink alcohol, is non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (nash). If the inflammation goes unchecked, cirrhosis may result. The treatment of fatty liver depends on the underlying cause, which from patient to patient can be quite different. The most common causes are obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol (collectively called the dysmetabolic syndrome, which in america is now epidemic). Other causes include severe weight loss, gastric bypass, certain medications, and inflammatory bowel disease, to name just a few. Given the wide range of causes, the treatment program has to be tailored to each patient. So, in answer to your question, yes, fatty liver is reversible if its treated early and appropriately. ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Doc said diffuse fatty liver, but not enough to cause enlargment. 6 mo follow up. No cirrhosis. I don't drink, underweight. Is it reversible? 27 yo

Doc said diffuse fatty liver, but not enough to cause enlargment. 6 mo follow up. No cirrhosis. I don't drink, underweight. Is it reversible? 27 yo

Fatty liver: We pay more attention to fatty livers than we did years ago. It's good that you abstain from alcohol and you should avoid high fat foods. I recommend that a hepatologist or gastroenterologist follow you to insure progress and avoid cirrhosis of the liver. ...Read more

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What is cirrhosis of the liver?

What is cirrhosis of the liver?

Scars in the liver: Chronic inflammation of liver cells can result in permanent scarring to develop in the liver. This is called cirrhosis. Common causes are excess alcohol intake, viral hepatitis infection, certain drugs and hereditary diseases. Blood tests to check liver function and ultrasound examination can help evaluate the overall health of the liver. ...Read more

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What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Agree but also...: Other causes of cirrhosis can be metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. ...Read more

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What leads to cirrhosis of the liver?

Many Things: Hepatitis c, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes. Other causes include blockage of the bile duct can cause biliary cirrhosis, inherited diseases such as: cystic fibrosis glycogen storage diseases, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, and wilson's disease. ...Read more

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What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Many causes: The top 2 causes are viral (hepatitis B or C) or alcohol related. Other causes include, metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. Please see a liver doctor who can test you for the different causes and manage your symptoms. ...Read more

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What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

What can cause  cirrhosis of the liver?

Alcohol & viruses: Alcohol abuse, infection with hepatitis viruses b and c and more recently, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (associated with obesity) are the common causes. Others being biliary obstruction, primary biliary cirrhosis, schistosomiasis, hemochromatosis, Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency and wilson disease etc. ...Read more

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How does cirrhosis of the liver develop?

How does cirrhosis of the liver develop?

Many things: Cirrhosis is a scarring of liver tissue that results from chronic liver disease and leads to a decline in liver function. The most common causes of cirrhosis include chronic alcohol use, hepatitis b and c, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Autoimmune disorders, medications, metabolic disorders, and biliary disorders may also lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Quite a few: When cirrhosis is well established patients develop portal hypertension (high pressure in the veins in stomach, spleen, and intestines) and blood is shunted away from the liver. Patients then develop ascites (fluid build up in abdomen), enlarged spleen and low platelet count, encephalopathy (confusion), and varices (enlarged veins inside stomach and esophagus) which can lead to massive bleeding. ...Read more

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What can lead to cirrhosis of the liver?

Hepatitis, alcohol: Cirrhosis is mainly fibrosis formation on liver (scarring of the liver tissue).Multiple medical conditions can lead to cirrhosis, among the most common are viral hepatitis mainly the chronic type: hepatitis b and c, other common causes are alcohol abuse and less common: hereditary metabolic conditions like wilson disease (cooper deposits) and hemochromatosis iron deposits in liver ; medications. ...Read more

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