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Doctor insights on: Steatosis Hepatitis

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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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Is hepatic steatosis same as steatohepatitis?

Is hepatic steatosis same as steatohepatitis?

Not the same: "itis" means inflammation, so "steatohepatitis" is a liver inflammed in association with fatty infiltration. Steatosis just means fat has accumulated in the liver, without associated inflammation. A chronically inflammed liver is at risk for cirrhosis and liver cancer, so it is important to reverse steatohepatitis when possible (ie.Weight loss, correct diabetes & high cholesterol, stop alcohol). ...Read more

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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes: One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. ...Read more

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Fatty liver NASH wilson's disease, tell me more?

Fatty liver NASH wilson's disease, tell me more?

Confusion: Clinically and under the microscope, wilson's (rare) can look treacherously like alcoholic liver disease or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (nash, very common). In fact, even weighing the copper in the liver can be misleading because the biopsy may be regenerative nodules. A urinary copper check is part of my preferred workup, and consider a genetic check. ...Read more

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Liver mildly enlarged from hepatitis?

More info: The liver is commonly enlarged with different types of hepatitis. You need to provide more information to better understand your condition. ...Read more

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Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal? Is cirrhosis inevitable?

Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal?  Is cirrhosis inevitable?

Not terminal: Nonalcoholic fatty liver is not terminal but in time can develop into cirrhosis and can morph into very serious liver disease. It's important to avoid any potential liver toxins including alcohol and to adhere to low fat diet. In recent years it is taken much more seriously and should be followed by a hepatologist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal? Is cirrhosis inevitable?

No: Steatohepatitis is reversible. Not easy, but you need to lose weight, reduce your intake of fats, if you are diabetic, control diabetes, exercise. Get vaccination for hepatitis A and B. Consult this site for more information and see a gastroenterologist. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-overview ...Read more

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Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Hepatitis Panels: Liver function tests are not really used to diagnose viral hepatitis, but elevated ast, alt, ggt, alkaline phos, bili can indicate "something" is wrong and needs evaluation::. Hepatitis panels for anti-bodies, core anti-bodies, and antigens for each of the different types of hepatitis (a, b, c, etc.) are used to indicate whether viral hepatitis is present and the severity/length of the infection. ...Read more

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Can fatty liver or hepatitis cause diabetes?

Can fatty liver or hepatitis cause diabetes?

Relationship: Hi. There is a relationship between hepatitis C and type 2 diabetes. It's hard to call it a cause and effect relationship, but Hep C does increase diabetes risk. Same with fatty liver (aka, NASH, NALFD); it can precede diabetes or result from diabetes and there is a strong relationship. ...Read more

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Is liver cirrhosis curable?

Is liver cirrhosis curable?

No: No, but you stop it from progressing further by eliminating the cause: abstaining from alcohol or treating hepatitis b or c. ...Read more

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What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or nafld)?

What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or nafld)?

See below: This is a disease where fat is abnormally deposited in the liver. It can lead to inflammation and ultimately cirrhosis. It is the most common liver disease in the US and is related to obesity, diabetes, elevated triglycerides and genetics. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C cause liver failure?

Absolutely: Hepatitis c is the number one reason people need a liver transplant in the us. It is estimated that about a third of people with hepatitis c will eventually develop severe liver damage. But it can take 20 to 40 years for cirrhosis to develop. The most important things to do are to stop drinking alcohol and discuss your need for treatment, taking into account all the new drugs in development. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause non-alcoholic fatty liver?

Can lupus cause non-alcoholic fatty liver?

Autoimmune hepatitis: Lupus is associated with autoimmune hepatitis, not nash (non-alcoholic fatty liver). Nash is commonly see in settings of obesity, excessive alcohol intake, diabetes, high cholesterol. Both entities can occur together when respective risk factors for both exist. ...Read more

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Is non alcoholic fatty liver disease reversible?

Is non alcoholic fatty liver disease reversible?

NAFLD: Yes. Usually with weight loss through exercise and diet. Certainly should avoid other insults to the liver with this (ie alcohol). ...Read more

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Is autoimmune hepatitis fatal?

Is autoimmune hepatitis fatal?

Can be: If left untreated, autoimmune hepatitis can progress to liver failure. If in liver failure, it will be fatal unless you have a liver transplant. However, you can prevent progression of the disease with medications. ...Read more

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Is hepatic steatosis caused by alcoholism?

Is hepatic steatosis caused by alcoholism?

It can be: Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver) can be caused by both alcohol use and having an unhealthy diet & being obese. In fact, the most common cause of fatty liver disease in the US is poor diet & lifestyle. The disease that includes this cause is NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). ...Read more

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