Fatty Liver

A fatty liver means just that: there is fat in the liver. It is very common and increasingly so as the population tends to be fatter and drinking more alcohol. There are a number of common causes and you may have more than one. These include; being overweight, drinking too much alcohol, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Most cases are what is termed simple steatosis which means there is just extra fat in the liver and nothing else. Occasionally inflammation (steatohepatitis) and scarrining (fibrosis/cirrhosis) can develop. For this reason expert assessment is recommended to exclude other liver conditions and to establish if cirrhosis is present or developing.