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Symptoms of Fatty liver disease

Symptoms of Fatty liver disease: Introduction

Many people with fatty liver disease experience no symptoms, especially in the early stage of the disease. The liver may be enlarged, but this is generally unnoticeable by the individual. An enlarged liver may be felt by a health care practitioner when palpating or pressing on the abdomen. An enlarged liver due to fatty liver disease is generally smooth, and there usually is no pain or tenderness in the abdomen in early stages.

If excessive consumption of alcohol is not stopped or other underlying causes of fatty liver disease are not addressed, changes in the liver can progress, lead to, and/or occur with the development other related liver diseases. These include alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and alcoholic hepatitis.

Alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver is an advanced form of fatty liver disease in which the liver becomes scarred, hardens, and shrinks due to excessive alcohol consumption. Alcoholic hepatitis is an inflammation and necrosis of liver tissue due to excessive alcohol consumption. Alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and alcoholic hepatitis can occur together.

Symptoms of these diseases may include yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), poor appetite, fatigue, weight loss, and weakness. There may be pain in the right upper area of the abdomen. Other symptoms include bleeding problems, easy bruising, and a build-up of extra fluid in the legs, called edema, or abdomen, called ascites. Blood pressure can rise in the abdomen, resulting in portal hypertension, which causes the veins of the esophagus to swell. These bulging veins are called esophageal varices, and they can burst, leading to life-threatening internal hemorrhage. In addition, advanced liver disease may leave the liver unable to filter toxins from the blood. Toxins can travel to the brain leading to hepatic encephalopathy. Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy include confusion, personality changes, or poor cognitive functioning.

Other complications of advanced liver disease or alcoholic liver disease can include frequent infections and liver failure and kidney failure, which can be fatal. In addition, people with advanced alcoholic liver disease are at a high risk of developing liver cancer....more about Fatty liver disease »

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