Fatty liver, or fatty liver disease, is a condition in which the excess fat is accumulated in the liver tissue in the form of bad cholesterol. This can lead to inflammation, scarring, and damage to the liver cells. The most common sub-type of fatty liver disease is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is caused by a number of factors, including obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. NAFLD can lead to cirrhosis, a life-threatening condition in which the liver fails. Treatment for NAFLD includes weight loss, exercise, and medications such as pioglitazone (Actos) and metformin (Glucophage).
1Symptoms of Fatty Liver
The symptoms of fatty liver may not be noticeable at first, but they can worsen over time. Some of the most common symptoms include abdominal pain (in right upper quadrant), nausea, vomiting, and unexplained fatigue and weight loss. In severe cases, fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis or even cancer. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, consult your health care provider (a hepatologist) right away for diagnosis and treatment.
Pain in the abdomen
One of the most common symptoms of fatty liver is pain in the upper-right abdomen. The pain may be sharp or dull, and it may be worse after eating. It can vary in intensity and may be constant or intermittent. The cause of the pain is not entirely clear, but it is thought to be related to the inflammation and scarring that can occur with fatty liver disease. If you are experiencing abdominal pain, it is important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.