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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
Hepatitis: Hi, liver inflammation is a very common term. Depending upon the underlying cause of this inflammation treatment can be directed. Most common causes are alcoholic, viral inflammation( hepatitis a/b/c), drug related( acetaminophen, etc). Abstinence in the case of alcoholic ; appropriate treatment for the viral causes can treat the inflammation depending upon the stage of the inflammation. ...Read more
Not a great answer : Unfortunately, there is no cure. The autoimmune disorder destroys the liver over time. The treatments help to relieve the symptoms (ursodiol, anti-itching meds, anti-inflammatory meds, immune suppressing meds etc.) and if the disease progresses to final stages, liver transplant is the only really treatment. ...Read more
Usually no need: Dr. Kim is correct. As an autopsy pathologist, i see this frequently and unless there is obvious disease already, it's a normal variant. Different people deposit fat in different places (look around you!) and many people store some in their pancreas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Rx underlying dx: This accumulation of abnormal amounts of fat in the liver is generally a result of some underlying metabolic abnormality involving the organ that is most important in metabolism the fat in our diet: the liver. If overweight, under-indulge. If excessive alcohol intake, lose the booze. Type ii diabetes is associated with fatty liver and obesity, but the treatment of both is weight reduction. ...Read more
No, not really: No "gallbladder flush". With or without gallbladder disease, healthy balanced diet is best. If you have gallbladder disease definitive and demonstrated treatment is surgery. The fear of occult "liver packed with gallstones" is really unsubstantiated and not supported. These links may assist: http://goo.Gl/6iiah and http://goo.Gl/1c7et and http://goo.Gl/5l7ya. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fatty infiltration: There are many ways for the doctor to treat this. Surely if you have been shown that you have severe fatty infiltration of the pancreas, the doctor must discuss this with you as soon as possible. Hope all goes well - please keep me informed. ...Read more
Weight loss: Fatty liver is usually diagnosed with an ultrasound showing fat deposits in the liver. Usually liver enzymes are elevated (ALT and AST). Most people with fatty liver are overweight, so weight loss is the curative treatment. Diet and exercise is crucial in achieving substantial weight loss. Avoid supplements that causes weight loss (as can be harmful). Overall this is a benign condition. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: The term means a disease process affecting the entire liver. The ability to heal liver disease depends on the specific cause in a given patient and the degree of damage thats occurred to the organ. If the condition is early and hasn't progressed to an advanced stage of cirrhosis(scaring and destruction of liver tissue) it may be partly reversible. There are MANY causes of liver disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nonalcoholic fatty : The most common presentation is a persistent slightly high elevation of the "liver enzymes" with negative tests for hepatitis a, b or c a d without evidence of other liver disease. The ultrasound texture of the liver will be more hyperechoic, shinny, or "bright", associated to metabolic syndrome: mild overweight or obesity, pre diabetes or diabetes, high fatty food intake. Nash. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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