Fatty Liver Symptoms
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When your liver cells have accumulated too much fatty acids and triglycerides, you have a condition known as non-alcoholic steatorrhoeic hepatosis or simply fatty liver. If it is plainly huge deposits of fats in your liver cells, it is steatosis.
If it is already inflamed, it is known as steatothepatitis. Generally, these types of liver problems are caused by excessive alcohol intake, but in some cases, it takes place even in the absence of alcohol.
It is no fun to acquire fatty liver, especially if you cannot even detect if you have one. One of the most disturbing facts about this particular liver disease is that its patients are usually asymptomatic or do not manifest fatty liver symptoms.
However, some patients were reported to have experienced jaundice, a condition wherein all the body tissues including the sclerae and the skin become tinged with a yellow or greenish-yellow color. Others experience enlargement of the abdomen, soreness under the rib cage usually on the right part of the body, abdominal pain, and fever.
In case you have experienced any of these fatty liver symptoms, it is important that you seek medical help immediately. In order to differentiate among the many possibilities of liver disturbances, it is necessary to perform a number of tests. There are many tests because the liver has many functions. Some of these tests include:
1. Pigment studies
These are measures of ability of liver to conjugate and excrete bilirubin. They are abnormal in liver and biliary tract diseases causing jaundice clinically.
2. Prothrombin time
Prothrombin time may be prolonged in liver disease. It will not return to normal with vitamin K in severe liver cell damage.
3. Radiologic Studies
These are done to determine adequacy of portal blood flow. It is also conducted for gallbladder and bile duct visualization and to show size and shape of the liver. It also shows replacement of liver tissue with scars, cysts, or tumor.
4. Blood ammonia
With this test, it can be noted that an increase in ammonia is a positive sign of liver failure. Liver converts ammonia to urea.
5. Serum Transaminase Studies
These studies are based on the release of enzymes from damaged liver cells. These enzymes are elevated in liver cell damage. In severe cases, liver biopsy is conducted. This is a procedure that facilitates greatly the diagnosis of most hepatic disorders.
All of these tests can have an impact on the patient’s life or even that of his relative and friends. The actual process of the test itself can be disturbing since there will be a lot of laboratory procedures to follow. These can be avoided if people know how to manage their health and lifestyle.
The common misconception on this particular type of liver disease is that it is caused by eating too many fats. Experts say that losing weight and strict dietary fat limit may even sound useless for patients who have fatty liver and are obese. The most important thing to observe here is to avoid acquiring the disease in the first place and in most cases, alcoholism is the number one factor. For diabetic patients who have acquired this liver disease, controlling blood sugar can help.
Indeed, the old adage “prevention is better than cure” is truer than ever. In order not to experience possible fatty liver symptoms, it is best to maintain a good and healthy lifestyle.