What Does Fatty Liver Mean

The Reason Behind Fatty Liver Pain

Fatty liver pain is a result of fatty liver disease, or FLD. FLD is an unhealthy condition of the liver that occurs when too much triglycerides, a kind of fat, accumulate in the liver cells through steatosis, the abnormal retention of lipids within a cell.

The liver itself actually cannot cause pain since it does not have nerve endings, which means that fatty liver pain is somewhat ironic. This is also one of the possible reasons why FLD is asymptomatic, which means it does not produce any symptoms. What causes the pain in that particular area below the right side of the rib cage is the swelling up of the liver that rubs the organs surrounding the liver. On worst cases, if the liver bursts and bleeds, there will also be pain felt.

When patients do report about this kind of pain, what they describe is that it occurs on the upper right side of the stomach. The pain goes all the way to the back on both left side and right side. They also feel that it is better to stand up or to walk in order to ease the pain since sitting down can only make it worse.

What then are the causes of fatty liver and its pain? There are various causes that are behind FLD. Factors include metabolism (or obesity), alcohol, medication, nutrition and hepatitis. Some people with Glycogen Storage Disease, Weber Christian Diseases, Wolfman Disease, and Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy can lead to FLD. Excessive alcohol intake (or drinking alcohol more than the recommended limits) can increase toxins, which worsens the condition of the liver. Medication, with the use of drugs such as Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Amiodarone, and Tamoxifen, can also cause FLD. Malnutrition, gastric bypass surgery, Jejunal Diverticulosis with overgrowth of bacteria, and drastic weight loss are other factors that lead to GLD.

Most of the time, when patients have fatty liver pain (or the pain on that particular side of the body), that is when they are alarmed to see the doctor. Nausea, fatigue, and weight loss may be other symptoms but they are often neglected because they are too common.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does a significantly fatty liver mean?
    I am kind of scared when the nurse told me that. She said the doctor wants me to go on a low fat diet. I do not have hepititis she said . They told me this after I had my ultra sound. What can I do to improve these results. I never have been a big drinker. I did use drugs for a few years. I nead to have my mind at ease.

    • ANSWER:
      I also suffer from this disorder, I'm assuming you had a full blood screen and your LFTs (liver function test) came back irregular. Having a fatty liver means that it has had to process too much fat injested here are some thing you can do to help improve it.
      Lose weight – safely! That usually means losing no more than one or two pounds a week.
      Lower your triglycerides through diet, medication or both
      Avoid alcohol
      Control your diabetes, if you have it
      Eat a balanced, healthy diet
      Increase your physical activity
      Get regular checkups from a doctor who specializes in liver care

  2. QUESTION:
    What does the term fatty infiltrated liver mean on a medical report?
    I saw the term recently on a medical report that I received and it said fatty infiltrated liver. Does anyone know what this means? It is an old medical report of mine but I would like to know what it means as it has never been mentioned to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (steatosis) is usually related to diabetes and obesity. This is usually not life threatening. Losing weight and controlling you diabetes will help. Fatty liver with "inflammation" may lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or potentially liver cancer. Go to your doctor and get a LFT (liver function test). The word infiltrated means that fatty cells has developed in the liver. My mother has been diagnosed with this condition for over 15 years and she is doing fine. Still, getting an LFT is a good idea.

  3. QUESTION:
    What does diffuse fatty liver change mean ?
    I have not been well since January. I had an Ultrasound then and it read that I had a fatty liver. To make a long story short, I had a CT with and without contrast done (for kidneys-I have kidney stones) and I ended up having my gallbladder taken out a couple of weeks ago due to large gallstones. Well, I have a copy of my report from the CT scan and it was compared to a previous CT and it read that I have diffuss fatty liver change. What does this mean ? Should I be concerned ? Is this the beginning of Cirrhosis ? Is this something that can end up killing me ? What should I expect next as far as testing is concerned ? I do not drink alcohol nor am I obese. I am going back in four weeks to see my Primary care physician and just wanted some input about this prior to that appointment. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is the most common cause. Toxic, metabolic and hypoxic conditions of all types.
      Pathogenesis

      • Liver is the principle organ of fat metabolism and synthesis.
      • Interference with mobilizing triglycerides out of the liver is the usual mechanism.
      • This happens when toxins or agents affect the mitochondrial and microsomal functions resulting in defective oxidation of fatty acids and aberrant mitochondrial function.
      • Factors casuing fatty change do not all act in the same way. ,
      Epidemiology

      • This is a common condition, but it is usually secondary to other diseases; again, alcohol is the most common cause, in the industrial world; however, among children and in the developing countries, malnutrition, especially protein and iron deficiencies, are the most common.
      General Gross Description

      •In severe and diffuse cases, the liver is enlarged, yellow, smooth, firmer than normal and greasy.
      •In partial involvement, a pale or yellow blotchy appearance is often noted.
      General Microscopic Description

      •There are two forms of fatty change : microvesicular and macrovesicular.
      •Microvesicular: Numerous tiny fat vesicles, requires fat stain to be appreciated. Often, one would be surprised as how enormous fat accumulation is without being seen in H&E sections. This is a toxic condition causing hepatocellular failure.
      •Macrovesicular: a few large clear vacuoles in the cytoplasm of hepatocytes, pushing the nucleus aside. Usually, has no effect on the function of the hepatocyte.
      •There is usually no inflammatory reaction to this, unless the fatty cells rupture.
      Clinical Correlation

      •Macrovesicular: Hepatomegaly is the only sign; liver function tests are minimally abnormal, if at all.
      • Examples include: Alcohol - with a combination of macro and microvesicular fatty change, Malnutrition - in particular protein deficiency, starvation, diabetes, obesity , severe infection or burn, Medication and Toxins, Hypoximia.
      •Microvesicular: a different disease; this is a toxic, metabolically abnormal and serious condition; although the patient has mild hepatomegaly, severe liver function test abnormalities to the point of liver failure is common.
      • Pure examples would include: Reye's Synd., fatty liver of pregnancy and tetracyclinet toxicity.
      • The most common cause is alcohol.

  4. QUESTION:
    What does fatty liver mean?
    My hubby recently got a scan back saying he has fatty liver enzymes

    and ideas?
    WOW...thanks lilly...

    • ANSWER:
      It basically means that his liver is swollen and unable to properly metabolize fats, alcohol, drugs or foods in general. Its kind of like it swells up and starts to choke. It is often a sign of too much alcohol and untreated it could eventually lead to cirrhosis. Has he been drinking a lot recently or have a history of chronic alcohol abuse? Is he taking prescription medicines that are known to be particularly hard on the liver? could he be at risk for hepatitis? Does he have a diet that's too high in saturated fats? He should see his doctor. Milk Thistle supplements are also very good for liver function.

  5. QUESTION:
    what does having a very fattly liver mean? I have found out tonight that I have a very fatty liver?
    I do not drink alcohol. Could this be possible that my liver is failing and I have liver desease? Please sincere answers only.

    • ANSWER:
      Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver disease could be what they are talking about, where the liver shows similar scarring to what alcohol abuse produces.

  6. QUESTION:
    What does diffusely heterogeneous in echotexture consistent w/ diffusely fatty infiltration of the liver mean?
    What does diffusely heterogeneous in echotexture consistent w/ diffusely fatty infiltration of the liver mean ?

    • ANSWER:
      It means you have a fatty liver. Usually a result of alcohol consumption and high fat foods. Althought there is a genetic component to this as well.

  7. QUESTION:
    What does "Mild fatty Liver" means?.Is it serious, any treatment and diet for this please answer?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of fatty liver.
      If the fat develops around the outside capsule
      of the liver...it may be simple fatty liver disease.
      This type usually doesn't cause a patient
      alot of problems. However, if the fat is in the
      cells of the liver...it definitely can cause a
      problem.
      Let me explain:
      It is like a room full of people and the walls
      start closing in. You are stuck in the corner,
      you cannot get out, you can't get nourishment and the oxygen around you start to get
      depleted. This is what happens inside the
      cell because of the fat that develops there.
      That fat can actually push the nucleus of
      your liver cell out of place from where it should
      be. You could say that the cell becomes
      damaged. When the cell is stressed and
      becomes damaged...the immune system
      in the body will respond and this causes
      inflammation of the liver cells...which puts
      even more pressure on the cells. It is like
      trying to get more people into already
      closed up space.
      Treatment depends on what caused the
      fatty liver. Sometimes it is hereditary.
      Sometimes it is caused by being overweight
      and other times it is caused by drinking
      alcohol. Once it is truly determined what
      the cause it...then you can do something
      about it.
      If the doctor says to go on a diet...then follow
      his advice. The diet ought to be adjusted to
      a person's personal chemistry, though.
      They should either talk to a nutritionist or
      someone who know all their medical conditions
      as many times a standard diet could be
      harmful to them otherwise. The doctor looks
      at your blood chemistry all the time and will
      direct you with the kind of diet he recommends.
      If the problem is because of drinking alcohol,
      this should be stopped immediately.

      Usually, a liver problem will start out as
      inflammation of the liver cells. If the cause
      is removed and treatment is followed, the
      liver cells can heal. However, if these things
      are not done...then it can lead to death of
      the liver cells which lead to continuation of
      more cells dying until the liver is completely
      destroyed. This is known as cirrhosis.

      I hope this information helps you to understand
      this much better.

  8. QUESTION:
    What does "Mild Fatty Liver" mean?
    My husband has just been diagnosed with mild fatty liver, but we've been completely left in the dark about it. His doctor has not contacted us regarding anything other than to tell us the diagnosis. We're waiting to see another doctor to at least find out what it is, but it's weeks away. I looked it up on the internet but all the information I found had to do with Alchoholics, Obesity, and Pregnancy. My husbands none of those! He's 25 years old, 6'4, 170lbs, doesn't drink but for the occasional glass of red wine with dinner, and he has no family history of ANY major illnesses, or disease! Does anyone have any idea what this is, or why he could possibly develop something like this??

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) is excessive accumulation of lipid in hepatocytes, the most common liver response to injury.

  9. QUESTION:
    what does fatty changes liver means in abdominal scan report?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver has its own cells and tissues. In certain diseases these tissues are replaced with fatty tissues then it is known as fatty changes. It occurs with age in females mostly. It also occurs to alcoholics. one can use liver protective ayurved medicines and should not take fried and fatty foods and alcohole

  10. QUESTION:
    does this mean i have fatty liver?
    hi i took a ct scan for my abdomen and i dont know what this mean this is what is say.non -cirrhotic liver morphology.fatty liver.no suspicious liver mass.patent hepatic vessels.no biliary dilatation.ok now what im worried about is why some of the information say no or non and some dont say like when it say non -cirrhotic liver morphology.fatty liver.does that mean i have fatty liver?i know i have to ask my doctor but he is on vegation and i cant wait until he come back so please any answers there?thank you and god bless.

    • ANSWER:
      Non cirrhotic liver= Liver does not have cirrhosis.
      Cirrhosis is a diseased condition of the liver characterized by extensive fibrosis and regenerative nodules.
      Basically "Cirrhosis" means that your liver cells are dying out quickly and those that are still alive are desperately attempting to repopulate your liver with rapid multiplication. Your liver is NON cirrhotic which is good because you don't have to worry about it.

      No suspicious Liver mass= No mass. No tumors, no abscess(cavities containing infected fluids)

      Patent hepatic vessels= Your liver blood vessels are intact and working.

      No biliary dilatation= Bile ducts(pipes) that carry all the garbage(*bile) from your liver which ultimately drains out into the intestines are not dilated (expanded in size). This is good because it indicates that there is nothing obstructing the flow of the garbage. (Something like a drainage pipe from your toilet getting obstructed and making it bigger. In your case its working fine since its not any bigger or "dilated")

      Fatty liver= Liver is not exactly healthy but this is not a threatening condition and reversible if you stop an offending agent.
      The most common cause of fatty liver world wide is excessive drinking (alcohol consumption). So stop drinking too much if you already are. But there are other causes too: recent pregnancy, certain medications or if you have a hepatitis C infection(get yourself tested for this if you are not sure) amongst many others.

      Hope this helps..

      *bile= Although bile is a byproduct of a certain metabolism in the liver, it has its own functions so its not exactly garbage. I just compared it for better understanding.

  11. QUESTION:
    what does liver de genereralised fatty change mean?
    Had an ultra scan done today but dont see my doctor til next week so im curious...

    • ANSWER:
      fatty change of the liver is caused by viruses and alcohol and other extreme stimuli. this happens when the liver doesnt break down the lipids foe metabolism and the hepatic liver cells change into adipocytes. this can be reversed if it is picked up early enough. if not, it can be fatal as the liver cannot perform its function.

  12. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a fatty liver?
    is it life threatening?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is just what its name suggests: the build-up of fat in the liver cells. Although this is not a normal condition, fat in the liver usually causes no damage by itself. However, on some occasions it can be a sign that other more harmful conditions are at work. Fatty liver may be associated with or may lead to inflammation of the liver. This can cause scarring and hardening of the liver. When scarring becomes extensive, it is called cirrhosis, and this is a very serious condition.
      A physical examination that reveals an enlarged liver without any other symptoms suggests fatty liver. The diagnosis may be confirmed by performing a liver biopsy, in which a long hollow needle is used to obtain a small tissue sample for examination under a microscope.
      The mere presence of excessive fat in the liver is not a serious problem. Treatment aims at eliminating the cause or treating the underlying disorder. Repeated liver injury from toxic substances such as alcohol may eventually progress from fatty liver to cirrhosis.
      CAUSES: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, high blood triglycerides, heavy use of alcohol, Vitamin A toxicity, drugs, and possibly other unknown causes.
      Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when scarring damages the liver. This scarring (also called fibrosis) replaces healthy tissue and prevents the liver from working normally. Cirrhosis usually develops after years of liver inflammation.
      In the United States, the major causes of cirrhosis are drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over many years or having certain forms of viral hepatitis (mainly hepatitis B or C). There are several other causes of cirrhosis that are less common and some people have cirrhosis without an obvious cause (cryptogenic cirrhosis).
      As cirrhosis develops, scar tissue surrounds normal liver cells, making the tissue bumpy, or nodular. This nodular liver tissue can block the bile ducts or make them swollen, which can cause bile to back up in the liver and bloodstream.
      Scar tissue also may block blood flow through the liver. Obstruction of blood flow can cause the veins that bring blood to the liver to become larger and may lead to high blood pressure in the veins that flow from the intestines to the liver (portal hypertension).
      CAUSES: Alcoholic liver disease; Chronic Hepatitis B, C, and D; Autoimmune Hepatitis; Inherited diseases; Blocked bile ducts; Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH); Drugs, toxins, and infections.

  13. QUESTION:
    *10 POINTS!!* My Doctor Said I Have Fatty Liver..What Does That Mean?
    I'm soo scared! I'm 5'8 and weigh 185 pounds, today my doctor said I have fatty liver which he determined after an ultrasound on my abdomen. I dont have any other problems determined from my ultrasound and scope but that I have fatty liver..what does that mean, what are the negative effects it will have on my body, and how do I make it go away? please help I'm so scared, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver means that there is fat inside the
      liver. This fat can cause such pressure on
      the liver cells that it can even push the
      nucleus of the cell out of position.
      There are many things that can cause fatty
      liver...some of them are:
      hereditary conditions, alcohol consumption,
      medications such as steriods,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      weight gain, diabetes, insulin resistence and
      they are still researching others.

      It is very important that you follow your
      doctors advice...please don't take this
      lightly. If it may be caused by alcohol, then
      stopping the alcohol can help reverse this...
      if weight gain, losing weight will also help
      reverse it.

      Now, I will explain what will happen if this
      progresses:
      The fat, if it is inside the liver, can cause
      damage to the liver cells. If the cells
      become damaged, our immune system
      of the body will respond to this and cause
      inflammation to develop inside the liver, also.
      If you know that the liver is surrounded by
      a membrane capsule...you can imagine
      what pressure that puts inside the liver.
      Normally, inflammation develops in the
      body to stop the spreading of either a
      bacteria or virus from going to other areas
      of the body... it is usually a help to us;
      but this isn't the case when it develops inside
      the liver.
      When this causes inflammation inside the
      liver...it changes from simple fatty liver to
      either Alcoholic Steatohepatitis or
      NASH, which is Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis.
      Steato means Fat, Hepat means liver,
      and Itis means inflammation.

      This then becomes a more serious disease.
      It can continues to cause more damage to
      the cells of the liver and can lead to the
      cells of the liver dying off. When the
      cells of the liver die off, scar tissue forms
      inside the liver that can block the flow
      of blood through the liver, on its way back
      to the heart, and also to the other liver cells
      where they will continue to die off..
      This is known as Cirrhosis of the liver, which
      is irreversible and the only cure is a liver
      transplant.

      Only the doctor can tell by film testing and
      possibly a liver biopsy, how much fat is
      in the liver and what you can do about it.
      Most people with fatty liver never progress
      to the last stages I mentioned...but it still
      can take place.

      I'm going to give you links to look at
      that will explain more about this...you just
      have to click on them to go to the pages:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

      You should be referred to either a
      gastroenterologist or a hepatologist for your
      care.

      Best wishes to you and I hope this information
      has helped you.

  14. QUESTION:
    If you have fatty liver, what does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      That's exactly what it means, you have a fatty liver. It may cause problems such as impaired liver function, and it may not. Changing your diet to one of low fat is a good idea.

  15. QUESTION:
    H has hepatitis c and new tests show liver polyps and fatty tissue? What does this mean?
    My h has hepatitis c and cylothymia bipolar. He does NOT look after himself.

    His liver specialist got him to do some tests and we just got back from the doctor and it states that he his liver has polyps on and fatty deposits.

    I do NOT know what this means.

    • ANSWER:
      An infection and alcohol intake may cause these conditions. You have not given the clinical sign and symptoms. Anyway, you may get more info on this page-
      http://www.puristat.com/livercleansing/fattyliver.aspx
      All the best!

  16. QUESTION:
    i was told after an ultrasound last week that I have a FATTY LIVER.. What does it mean and can i reverse it?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is also known as NASH, which stands for Non- Alcoholic Steatorrhoeic Hepatosis or Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease (NAFLD) but don’t be put off by these big terms – they just mean that your liver is being invaded with fat! Fatty liver or NASH, is very common in overweight persons, over the age of 30.

      It contains an excessive amount of fat and the normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats. In such a liver, the liver cells and the spaces in the liver are filled with fat so the liver becomes slightly enlarged and heavier. The liver has a yellow greasy appearance. There may be discomfort over the liver, which is situated in the right upper abdominal area. There may be gallstones composed of cholesterol and bile salts. It is often possible to see the excess fat in the liver in an ultrasound scan of the liver. There may also be elevation of the liver enzymes.

      Can you reverse a fatty liver?
      Yes indeed you can and you will find inspiration in the testimonial from Dr Eanelli. Click here for his inspiring testimonial. Conventional or orthodox medicine has no specific therapy or drug treatment to reverse a fatty liver. Indeed many drugs such as cholesterol lowering drugs can exert toxic effects on the liver cells.

      The article in the Journal Medicine Today encouraged a gradual reduction in weight which has been shown to improve liver function and reverse liver damage. However the authors warn against very rapid weight loss from fad diets or radical surgery which may have a negative impact upon the progression of liver injury. The good news is that gradual weight reduction , with as little as a 5 to 10% loss of initial body weight over 6 months is recommended. In general the treatments discussed in the Medicine Today article were somewhat uninspiring and I am pleased to tell you that in reality there is much that can be done to reverse the condition of fatty liver.

      So, fatty liver can be reversed but this can take some time - years in some cases. If you are overweight & find it very difficult to lose the excess weight it is important to look at all the factors relevant to your present weight & state of health.

  17. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP>>>ENLARGED SPLEEN, FATTY LIVER, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
    Hello, my mom has just told me today (after undergoing lots of testing) that she has been told she has an enlarged spleed, a fatty liver and her liver enzymes are up as well and also some vein or artery that goes from her chest to her neck (thats just where she pointed to) is also enlarged and they are doing more testing as well and bloodwork but I would like to know if anyone has any ideas as to what this could be?? my mother will be 46 in July and she is diabetic(controlled with diet and pills), has hbp(under control), and high cholesterol(under control as well)...Also she is a smoker..please help

    • ANSWER:
      Fat inside the liver causes pressure. It usually
      starts out as Simple Fatty liver. However, if the
      Fat damages the liver cells, the immune system
      of the body will respond to this. It will cause
      inflammation to develop inside the liver. This
      is no longer Simple Fatty liver, it is
      "Steatohepatitis". Steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver, and itis stands for inflammation.
      Inflammation inside the liver will cause the liver
      to enlarge in size.
      If the cause is found and stopped, then the liver
      cells may heal. If it is not stopped, it can proceed
      to where the liver cells start to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver. This is then an irreversible
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Many things can cause a fatty liver: alcohol consumption,
      weight gain, losing weight fast, being mal nourished,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, and others.

      If the blood cannot flow well through the liver, on its
      way back to the heart...it will back up into the portal
      vein and cause pressure there (Portal hypertension).
      This pressure can force the blood into, yet, smaller
      veins that are not used to handling this amount of
      blood and they can have weak spots and balloon
      outward and break open. These vessels are known
      as varies. If there is any blood in the sputum, vomit,
      or rectal area...this is an emergency. The doctor can
      go in and band these vessels to stop the bleeding.
      The blood can also back up into the Spleen. This
      will cause the spleen to enlarge in size.

      Your mom should be under the care of a
      gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      Here are some things you may see in the links, you can
      click on, to learn more about this disease:
      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver cells.
      Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation
      ..inside the liver.
      NASH stands for Non Alcoholic causes for Steatohepatitis.
      NAFLD stands for Non Alcoholic causes for Fatty Liver
      ..Disease
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

      Hope this information has been of some help.

  18. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a significantly fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      It means that your liver is not in good shape and something is causing the beginnings of liver faliure. It could be anything ingested that is toxic. Alcohol plays a big part if one is a big drinker. Many diseases can cause this as well. You need a doctor to give you all the ins and outs of this condition. I hope it's not you. It is not a good conditon to have by any means.

  19. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of a fatty liver? what does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Our mothers despite their good intentions, were "kitchen assasains." They gave us food they thought was good for us but the reality is the American diet is a toxic mix of mucous creating foods

      Fatty liver is usually caused by gallstones lodging in the liver. The liver begin operating ineficiently and can lead to many major health issues. A lifetime of improper diet, use of antibiotics, vaccines, drugs and alcohol, aspirin, or even fast food and dehydration from not drinking enough clean water could cause fatty liver but a complete change of lifestyle and food choices can turn things around.

      Most every disease that doesn't come from chemical spills, burns, or broken bones starts in the gut. The best way to heal the gut is to give it clean water, proper minerals, and good flora to digest food. When your body can eliminate toxins properly, your body can do its job and reverse the effects of fatty liver.

      75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 25% of their calories come from sugary drinks. It would not suprise me to discover that sodas and sugary beverage could be the largest threat to a person's health after smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. The water cure is where I would start. Drink 6-8 glasses of distiled water every day with a pinch of unrefined sea salt.
      This will rehydrate your body and the sea salt will give your body the fluids and minerals it needs to get your live, pancreas, gallblader, intestines, and colon to begin eliminating tozins properly. You may be able to back off a little from the sea salt after your body is cleansed but never let your body be without water again. Animals know when to drink but for those with fatty livers, the thirst cue is often so off that it is mistaken for hunger.
      Give your body the fluids it needs to function properly and it will respond.

      Americans eat the wrong kind of foods. If your diet is high in wheat based foods, meat, and dairy then your body is probaly a toxic waste dump. Reduce, eliminate, or fast from eating all of these foods until your liver and gallblader are healed.

      Fruits and Veggies.should be the majority of the food you consume each day. Find a way to eat as much raw food as you can an then add juiced vegetables such as carrot juice, cucumber juice, lemon water, unsweetened juiced fruits, etc...

      I would drink one glass of of juiced fruit or vegetables on top of whatever raw fruits and juices I eat every day to give my body what it needs if I had a fatty liver. I would also drink a shot glass of carrot juice with a tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a dash of cinnamon every morning to give it good flora to break down food and alkalize the body.

      The wrong kind of oils can plug up a liver. Fast from eating meat until your liver and gallblader are clear and get your good fats from walnuts, almonds, coconut oil, cold pressed virgin olive oil.

      Get 30 minutes of direct sunlight each day. This could be a critical reason for a liver to start breaking down. Your body senses that it should be dying when it is not given enough sunlight. If you want to live, give your body a ray of sunshine and it will give you all of the Vitamin D it needs.

      You can defeat a fatty liver diagnosis. You should prep your body for spontaneous healing by feeing it right and giving it the fluids it needs. Change your lifestyle and you can start today. Along the way, you may decide to do a liver flush, gallblader, flush, parasite cleanse, and lots of other things to help you on your path but get the basics first. I hope the the best of all outcomes for you on your journey to perfect health.

  20. QUESTION:
    Scan and test reveals that I have a FATTY LIVER, pls what does this mean.?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) is excessive accumulation of lipid in hepatocytes, the most common liver response to injury.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Fatty liver.

  21. QUESTION:
    fatty liver?
    What does the term "fatty liver" mean?

    • ANSWER:
      A ‘fatty liver’ means that fat globules have accumulated in your liver cells. It indicates some sort of adverse influence on liver metabolism. It is not usually associated with any symptoms, so it is often first identified through an ultrasound scan of the liver or gallbladder, which is nearby. The fat represents a problem that only rarely progresses to serious complications, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis, but it is wise to identify the cause and correct it.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to do damage to your liver after 4-5 years of drinking?
    I started drinking in college. I started with about 8-10 drinks/week (over 2-3 nights) during the first 2 years, and it went to about 17-20 drinks/week (over 2-3 nights) the second 2 years. Since then i've reduced my drinking to what it was the first 2 years.

    Is it possible to do damage to the liver over such a short time frame? By damage i mean fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, etc. Would it show up in a blood test?

    • ANSWER:
      It is very possible to have a liver problem
      because of alcohol and not even know you
      have it, because the liver is a very quiet organ
      about damage being done to it until the
      cells of the liver die off from the damage...
      then signs and symptoms may appear.

      There are different " blood" tests that the doctor
      can do to check your liver.
      (1)The liver enzymes (known as the ALT, AST,
      GGT and Alkaline Phosphatase) can give
      the doctor an idea if there may be cell damage.
      (2)The liver functions tests (known as the
      bilirubin, INR, Albumin, Pt, Ptt) can give the
      doctor an idea if the cells are able to do
      the functions they do to keep the body well...
      the liver does over 500 functions, these are
      just to show the few of them.
      (3) The viral testing to be sure that a virus
      hasn't entered the body and gone into the
      liver and is using the liver cells to replicate
      itself.

      If the doctor thinks these tests are high results for some reason...of which there is many
      causes of liver cells damage, including alcohol,
      then he may do a film test like: CT scan or
      Ultrasound. If he sees the liver is enlarged
      in size, caused by the immune system
      responding to the cell damage....then he
      may try to find the cause and have it stopped
      and treat the inflammation, so the cells can
      heal, before it turns to an irreversible disease
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      If someone does drink alcohol...they should
      normally have blood tests done every so often
      to be sure of its effect on the liver.
      Alcohol consumption isn't harmful unless
      you are more sensitive to it or have taken
      it in excess over a period of time. However,
      those who are sensitive to it, it doesn't take
      much to destroy the liver cells.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      Here are a few links to click on:
      http://www.amsa.org/resource/natlinit/alcohol.cfm
      http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/pharmacy/alcoholandcold/index.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    Whats does it mean that my CT scan results show "mild fatty liver changes"?
    I had a ct scan done andthe results said this. what does this mean? and what are it's causes? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It means that there is fat inside your liver.
      This usually starts out as Simple fatty liver that doesn't really
      cause a problem. However, if more fat builds up inside the
      liver, it can cause damage to the liver cells. When the
      liver cells become damaged, the immune system of the
      body will respond to this and cause inflammation inside
      the liver, also. Please remember that the liver is surrounded
      by a tight membrane capsule. However, the fat and
      inflammation will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      It then changes from simple fatty liver into
      Steatohepatitis (steato means fat, hepat means liver
      and itis means inflammation).

      Different things can cause fat inside the liver:
      alcohol consumption, certain kinds of medications
      (like steriods), hereditary conditions, metabolic
      disorders, weight gain, obesity, fast weight loss,
      malnourishment, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      high cholesterol/triglycerides levels, ...
      some women have this develop in the third
      trimester of pregnancy...and others.

      Once the doctor knows the cause, he will instruct
      you what can be done to reverse the problem.
      If the problem cannot be reversed, it may lead
      to where the liver cells start to die off and form
      scar tissue inside the liver (known as Cirrhosis
      of the liver).

      Here are some links that will better explain more
      about this disease:
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      Some terms you may want to understand
      Alcoholic steatohepatitis is alcohol causes of fatty
      liver disease with inflammation.
      NASH is non alcoholic causes of steatohepatitis or
      non alcoholic causes of fatty liver disease with
      inflammation
      NAFLD in non alcoholic causes of fatty liver disease.

      The best doctor to be with now is a gastroenterologist.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes

  24. QUESTION:
    What levels of what blood test prove someone has a fatty liver?
    I have a SGPT level of 38. Does this mean I have a fatty liver or what other blood test results would indicate a fatty liver and what levels would they have to be over?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a normal value.
      You would need an ultrasound or CT scan of the liver to diagnose fatty liver.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_function_test

  25. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Suggests I Have a Fatty Liver?
    I have been suffering lately with blurry vision, so my GP took some blood to test for diabetes.
    The results came back as non-diabetic but there is something in my blood to suggest i have a fatty liver.
    What does this mean?
    I'm overweight but i don't drink.

    • ANSWER:
      As you say your a non drinker and not diabetic it can be as a result of metobolic syndrome.

      Sorry that your unwell.

      Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is fatty inflammation of the liver when this is not due to excessive alcohol use. It is related to insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome, and may respond to treatments originally developed for other insulin resistant states (e.g. diabetes mellitus type 2), such as weight loss, metformin and thiazolidinediones.[1] Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most extreme form of NAFLD, which is regarded as a major cause of cryptogenic cirrhosis of the liver.

      NASH was first described in 1980 in a series of patients of the Mayo Clinic.[3] Its relevance and high prevalence were recognized mainly in the 1990s. Some feel that NASH is a diagnosis of exclusion, and that many cases may be in fact be due to other causes

  26. QUESTION:
    What does "too much fat content around your liver" actually mean?
    doctor told hubby this today..and of course, he isn't talking but sure enjoyed his fatty dinner tonight... My husband is impossible so I am on my quest to learn abit about what it means and what I can do to help?

    Any thoughts and suggestions welcomed.

    Thank you
    My husband doesn't drink what so ever!

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is just what its name suggests: the build-up of excess fat in the liver cells. It is normal for your liver to contain some fat. But if fat accounts for more than 10% of your liver’s weight, then you have fatty liver and you may develop more serious complications.
      if you have fatty liver, you shouldLose weight – safely! That usually means losing no more than one or two pounds a week.
      Lower your triglycerides through diet, medication or both
      Avoid alcohol
      Control your diabetes, if you have it
      Eat a balanced, healthy diet
      People with high triglycerides may need to substitute monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats —such as those found in canola oil, olive oil or liquid margarine — for saturated fats. Substituting carbohydrates for fats may raise triglyceride levels and may decrease HDL ("good") cholesterol in some people.
      Substitute fish high in omega-3 fatty acids instead of meats high in saturated fat like hamburger. Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
      Increase your physical activity
      Get regular checkups from a doctor who specializes in liver care

  27. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if the Dr. told me I have a fatty Liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Read about it here: http://www.liverfoundation.org/education/info/fattyliver/

  28. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol does it take to cause fatty liver disease?
    I'm wondering how long you have to use/abuse alcohol before putting yourself at risk for fatty liver. Would college binge drinking be enough to cause it?

    By college binge drinking, i mean 5-7 drinks each night, 2-3 nights per week, totaling around 15-20 drinks per week during the last 2 years and around half that amount during the first 2.

    I have been out of college for about 6 months now, and cut down my drinking to what it was during my first 2 years of college.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver from alcohol consumption is called steatohepatitis, and involves an inflammatory process along with fat infiltration of the cells. It is not common to see it in one with your limited history of consumption, but can happen. It typically occurs after years of malnourishment and excessive alcohol consumption. It also occurs in some metabolic syndromes. Simple steatosis just involves fat accumulation in cells without inflammatory changes and can be present in anyone who is obese, and in most who drink heavily. It is completely reversible. It is not the same condition, but may preceed steatohepatitis. Fatty liver hepatitis (steatohepatitis) is considered serious and preceeds cirrhosis, which involves irreversible fibrosis of liver tissue.
      You would still be considered a moderate to heavy drinker at your current rate of consumption.

  29. QUESTION:
    My vitamin B12 is 1804 and also have fatty liver..what does this means?

    • ANSWER:
      your vitamin b12 is good my was only 48

  30. QUESTION:
    My liver is fatty or says my doctor. What does that mean?

    • ANSWER:
      You have fatty deposits in your liver, which enlarges the liver. If left untreated, it could progress to cirrhosis and liver failure. There are no surgeries or medications to cure Fatty Liver Disease, only diet and exercise.

      Here are some sites that can help you with this:

      http://www.squidoo.com/fatty-liver-solution

      http://fattyliverdietplans.com

      http://www.squidoo.com/fatty-liver-disease

      Hope this help, good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    does a person with diabetes also have a fatty liver?
    I was prescribed Metformin a few years ago and Lovaza and I read on the bottle of Metformin "do not drink alcoholic beverages when taking this medication" does that mean you can't drink alcoholic beverages when you are taking it or that you can't drink alcoholic beverages at all while on Metformin?
    and what happens if you do?

    • ANSWER:
      not all diabetics have fatty livers. Just those who do not eat natural saturated fats and only eat the synthetic plastic or trans fat fats.

      Metformin acts on the liver to lower the amount of stored glucose. Alcohol is percieved as a poison by the liver. So the liver turns all its forces to getting rid of the poison and forgets about any other thing it is supposed to oversee.

      Initially alcohol raises glucose then it falls. Drunkenness and Hypoglycemia are remarkably similar so a person suffering a Hypo episode is usually tossed in drunk tank rather than taken to hospital to be treated for Hypo event.

      Yes, you can have a drink or two while taking Metformin. But do be sure to eat while drinking! Wine or beer are best, but other beverages are ok as long as they are not the syrupy mixer kinds.

  32. QUESTION:
    What's "Fatty liver"?
    Recently I underwent a scan in whose reports it"s been given "Fatty liver".Does this mean I have a serious problem?

    I am 5"7 ,135 pounds,30 years old male.

    PLease tell me is there some thing wrong.??

    THanks..
    I don't drink or have any bad habits....

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is nothing but excessive accumulation of the Fat in the Hepatocytes or Liver cells....

      It occurs wen the Liver has got any sort of insult in the form of Alcohol or an Infection or a Hepatotoxic drug...

      Drinking alcohol may not be the only cause of the Fatty liver...

      It can also occur in some physiological conditions like Pregnancy with Hypertension etc...

      Its a warning for the Future serious disease of the Liver like Cirrhosis and an Indication for the past insult to the liver in a known or an Unknown form...

      Please note, that be assured that its a REVERSIBLE STAGE OF DAMAGE to the Liver... Its not irreversible... Depending upon the Cause if the cause is treated than it can be reversed and Cured...

      Make sure u keep up with ur Doctor and keep up his instructions..

      All the Best...

  33. QUESTION:
    Result-- "Fatty liver", what is this, please tell me?
    Hello there
    Recently I underwent scan and in the report they mentioned "Fatty liver". What does this mean? I mean what problem I may have?

    Also I have feeble pain or discomfort just in the area near to my left side near the diaphragm, just below were the ribcage ends. Can it have any connection to "Fatty liver'"

    How can one get rid of this?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver means accumulation of fat in liver cells. It is also called steatosis. It is not caused due to eating fatty foods. It occurs due to transfer of fat from other parts of the body, or an increase in the extraction of fat presented to the liver from the intestine, or a reduced rate of break down and removal of fat by liver.

      This is caused due to alcohol, obesity, starvation, diabetes mellitus, corticosteroids, poisons (carbon tetrachloride and yellow phosphorus), Cushing's syndrome, hyperlipidemia and certain toxic drugs. Hence, management of the cause would help to reduce the condition.

      Pain/ discomfort on the left side could be due to some other cause, but not fatty liver

  34. QUESTION:
    my liver is a little echogenic suggesting fatty infiltration no focal abnormality in it what does this mean?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    is a fatty liver bad?
    what does a fatty liever mean

    • ANSWER:
      When the talk about having a fatty liver...they usually
      mean they have a fatty liver disease.
      Fat inside the liver can cause a great deal of problems.
      If you think about the fact that the liver is surrounded by a
      membrane capsule...knowing that fat is also inside...
      you can imagine the pressure there. The fat can push
      even the nucleus of the liver cell out of place.
      It depends on the cause of the fat in the liver, whether
      or not the disease can be reversed. Some of the causes
      are alcohol consumption, medications like steriods, weight
      gain, diabetes, insulin resistance, high
      cholesterol/triglyceride levels, hereditary conditions and others.

      If the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of
      the body responds to this damage and cause inflammation
      inside the liver also...which adds to the pressure there.
      it then goes from just being simple fatty liver disease to
      Steatohepatitis. STeato means fat, hepat means liver,
      and itis means inflammation.
      If the inflammation continues on, it can lead to where the
      liver cells are not just damaged, they start to die off.
      When the die off, scar tissue forms inside the liver that
      blocks the flow of blood. This then cannot be reversed
      and becomes a progressive disease known as Cirrhosis
      of the liver. There is then, no turning back. The doctor
      can try to slow down this disease, but there is no cure
      for it other than a liver transplant.
      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Here is a link to learn more about this, just click on it:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

  36. QUESTION:
    My Dr told me that i have some kind of inflammatory liver process going on.. what does that mean?
    My Dr told me to retake the liver function test since the results came out high. But he left me hanging with this response when I messaged him about my results: "You have some sort of inflammatory liver process going on, do your labs in 1 month". That's all he told me!! .... So.. i'm stumped... what can this indicate that i may have? Cirrhosis? Fatty liver disease?

    I'm feeling really bummed right now... I'm not obese at all, i stopped drinking 4 months ago, (but i was a heavy social drinker before i stopped, i didn't drink everyday off the week just on the weekends), and i do take motrin when a headache comes on which is pretty often, and i don't do any strenuous exercising. Any ideas? Thanks in advance...

    • ANSWER:
      When there is something actively bothering the liver, this can cause liver inflammation. Since your enzymes came out high, this is probably what the doctor means by "some kind of inflammatory liver process going on." They don't know what is causing the inflammation that made the numbers go up, but the doctor knows something is causing it. Inflammation can be caused by many things such as alcohol, meds, bile duct problems, gallbladder problems, etc. I have heard of them going up even when someone exercises a lot.

      Wait and see what the next blood work shows. The doctor wants to see if they remain high. If so, he might want to do some further testing to try and figure out what is going on. No need to be bummed out. It's probably nothing. They might be perfectly normal next time you have them done. Don't think the worst.

  37. QUESTION:
    a question about fatty liver ?
    my doctor said that i have a fatty liver without hepatitis. what does that mean ?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    What does a paramedic mean when they refer to a patient's case as a "club soda"?
    A friend of mine passed out in his kitchen the other day, hitting his head against the wall and having to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. I overheard one of the paramedics telling his dispatch that he thought it was simply a "club soda". I am sure this is some sort of paramedic lingo, but I don't know any paramedics, and an online search came up empty. Turned out my friend had an irregular heartbeat, among his other numerous health conditions, which include a fatty liver and diabetes. If anyone could help me out with this term, I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Club soda actually refers to the unflavored carbonated water. Do you know what commonly goes with club soda? It's WHISKEY.

      The "club soda" term you overheard is actually not a sort of paramedic lingo but rather just among the few "slang language".

      The paramedics who mentioned such term could mean he thought that your friend could have had a "drinking session" which is the cause of his situation as the consequences.

      I hope that your friend is better now.

  39. QUESTION:
    diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver - what is that means.?
    Can someone please tell me in a way I can undestand (english) what is diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver. The CT scanning appears to be normar but with the above info.

    I have two previous CT with - Mosaic attenuation patter - and Mosaic perfusion. At this point I do not know if the scanning people know what they are doing or my health is fine.

    I have severe symptoms of pain on my Left Upper Quadrant Abdomen with mass in my abdomen followed by left upper back bruise (white spot - similar to bite)

    I just need your opinon of what possibilities of problems could that be. - It is over a year of testing with lots of drugs but no soluction.

    Please no website just your opionin.

    I thank you very much

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty infiltration is when the cells of an organ have absorbed fat from outside of it. In a nutshell your liver sucked up fat that surrounded it.

      Mosaic attenuation pattern has to do with what the person reading the CT scan is seeing. It is a pattern of darkness and lightness that resembles a form of art in which tiles are inlayed to form a picture. What they are seeing is the density of your liver varying in density wildly. This could be due to tumor versus healthy tissue versus fatty tissue.

      I have no idea what would cause a white spot on the outside of your body in relation to a mass inside of it though--that sounds a bit odd.

  40. QUESTION:
    Will an educated doctor tell anyone that alcohol is not a cause of Fatty Liver?
    My sister just recently visited the local medical clinic due to severe pain and bloating on her right side.

    She has consumed a good amount of alcohol daily for last 7 or 8 years. When she slows down she still binge drinks, which can be worse than drinking daily. I think she even hides how much she actually drinks, so she has always been scared that her alcohol consumption has affected her health.

    Well, the doctor examined her and told her that she could feel that her liver is enlarged (which to my understanding must be fatty liver, correct?)

    Anyway, my sister got her lab results back today and they came back negative, which means that her liver is functioning...so...what? Her liver is enlarged, and her lab results are negative... should she not go in for a biopsy? The doctor did not even recommend that. Let's remember this is a medical clinic doctor, so hopefully they graduated from med school...another thing which alarms me is that the doctor even told her that fatty liver is caused only from obesity, and that she has no need to worry because she is not overweight... this is rediculous! How could a doctor tell someone who is potentially a heavy drinker that fatty liver is not caused from alcohol!

    Does anyone have any experiences they can share to help me understand how doctors can be so stupid? Now my sister thinks she is in the clear, and that all she needs to do is cut down her drinking... great!

    I am so upset, because now my sister thinks that she has no need for a second opinion. BTW, she does not have medical insurance, so she does not have a regular doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      First, there are two types of fatty liver disease...
      one is the non alcoholic kind and the other is
      caused by alcohol. The non alcoholic kind
      is caused by weight gain or hereditary reasons.
      However, all liver patients are told not to drink
      alcohol. Alcohol is the number one reason for
      a problem with the liver.

      If her liver is enlarged, she has inflammation
      inside the liver cells. This is not good. If
      the inflammation is treated and the cause is
      eliminated..she has a good chance of
      recovery. If this is not treated and the cause
      cannot be eliminated, then it may advance to
      death of the liver cells and this is then a
      progressive disease that only the doctors can
      try to slow down.
      Lab work is not 100% accurate. Some people
      don't show a problem when there is one.
      It usually takes a series of blood tests to be
      sure of the results. There are different tests
      that the doctors do: the liver enzymes, the
      liver function tests and the viral tests to see
      if the problem is caused by a virus.

      Your sister should be seeing either a
      gastroenterologist or a hepatologist.
      This inflammation can lead to death of the
      liver cells that form scar tissue inside the
      liver that will block the flow of blood through
      the liver...this is known as cirrhosis.
      A liver transplant costs in the range of
      0,000 and up and the drugs to take
      afterwards are quite costly also.
      Cirrhosis of the liver is a horrible disease and
      many who have it because of alcoholic problems, wish they would of known way back
      so they could do something about it before
      they ended up on the transplant list hoping to
      receive a donor liver.

      The best thing for a patient to do now, since
      she has inflammation of the liver, which causes
      an enlargement of the liver...is to only take
      drugs prescribed by her doctor and to tell
      the doctor all drugs she is taking whether it
      be over the counter, cough/cold medications,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals and
      those prescriptions prescribed by other doctors.
      She should not take any medication with alcohol.
      If she has trouble stopping the alcohol, the
      hospital usually has a detox program where
      they give the patient medication to help control
      the symptoms she may have coming off the
      alcohol. If your sister is addicted, she has
      now two hurdles to take care of. Hoping she
      doesn't get cirrhosis and also overcoming
      this addition. She will need support and
      not criticism to do this.

      There are many causes of cirrhosis of the liver
      some being: alcohol consumption, medication
      toxification, mushroom poisoning, chemical
      exposure, biliary obstruction or mal formation,
      fatty liver, viral (virus) like Hep A,B,C,
      and there are others.

      I hope this is of some help to you.
      The doctor usually starts out with a series
      of blood tests and an exam to feel the liver
      by hand...than an ultrasound is usually done
      to confirm the enlargement and check for
      growths, blood flow through the liver, and
      any abnormalities. They usually don't
      do a liver biopsy unless they suspect it
      is cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis of the
      liver is the death of the liver cells that form
      scar tissue inside the liver and blocks the
      flow of blood through the liver. As the cells
      die off, the liver will start to shrink in size and
      become harder in texture.
      Here is a link to learn more about this disease.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      It never hurts to get a second opinion.

  41. QUESTION:
    What do these liver scan results mean?
    I went and got an abdomen scan with contrast and these were the results:

    Abdomen:
    1. Slight mottled heterogeneous enhancement of the liver
    parenchyma is nonspecific. This could potentially represent
    hepatitis or possibly ill-defined early fatty infiltration of the
    liver.
    2. No evidence for bowel obstruction, focal fluid collection or
    free air. There is a large amount of fecal stasis in the colon.
    3. No evidence for abdominal adenopathy or mass.
    Pelvis:
    1. No evidence for pelvic adenopathy or mass.
    2. Small amount of free fluid in the left hemipelvis.

    What the heck does any of that mean? haha. Especially #1 under Abdomen

    • ANSWER:
      The scan and the contrast being used shows them that there
      is cell changes in the liver, but they cannot truly determine
      what it is. They are suggesting to the doctor that it may
      be hepatitis.

      Hepatitis is inflammation developing inside the liver because
      the immune system of the body is responding to Liver Cell
      damage.
      OR
      The "EARLY" stage of developing Fatty Liver disease.

      Fatty liver disease can be caused by weight gain, fast
      weight loss, diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic
      disorders, consuming alcohol, can develop in the
      third trimester of pregnancy, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, certain kinds of medications (like steriods),
      and other things.

      Fat inside the liver doesn't usually cause a problem
      right away. But, if it continues to develop in the liver,
      it can cause pressure inside the liver and damage
      the liver cells. It is then no longer "simple fatty liver"
      it is Steatohepatitis (steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver and itis stands for inflammation)

      Inflammation developing inside the liver would cause the
      liver to enlarge in size. This has not been mentioned here,
      so it may be quite early in this disease and easy to be
      reversed so the liver cells can heal. Stopping the cause
      is important.

      No testing is 100% accurate...they are not sure of these
      results.

      There is no problem with your bowels having anything
      blocking them from moving well, except that they see
      that you have a large amount of feces (stool) in your
      large intestines (which is the colon).

      They do not see any masses like cysts, tumors, or growths
      in your abdominal abdominal area or pelvis.
      They do see a little fluid in the pelvis area, though.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      This scan has to be compared to all the other testing you have
      had done and also your past medical history. Only the
      doctor can diagnose you for certain and truly knows what this
      test shows for your individual medical needs. You may want to
      be referred to a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.

      Best wishes.

  42. QUESTION:
    HELP - My daughter's ultrasound of her liver came back. Can someone please let me know what this meany?
    In the summary it states "the liver is echogenic consistent with fatty infiltration or hepatocellular disease."

    Then later in the Impression it says:

    IMPRESSION:
    1. Echogenic liver, rule out fatty infiltration or hepatocellular disease
    2. 1 cm ill defined hypoechoic region in the left lobe of the liver

    Does that mean that it is not fatty liver or hepatocelluar disease?

    - A Worried Mom

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry that the language of medicine is making an already worried mom even more worried! I know I can't really ease a mother's worry, but I can at least let you know what in the heck they're talking about here.

      The summary is saying that the liver looked bright like it would if there was fatty liver or hepatocellular disease. Number 1 of the impression is saying that, because of the findings, more tests should be done to make sure that the abnormality is not being caused by something other than the disorders mentioned. In essence, they're saying that, if they found something else with other tests, they could "rule out" fatty liver or hepatocellular disease. Number 2 is saying that there is an area on the left side of the liver that is a little darker than the rest of the liver (we call this "sparing" when the rest of the liver is abnormally bright).

      So, basically, the report is saying that, though the ultrasound points to the mentioned disorders, they can't really tell what the problem is without further tests.

  43. QUESTION:
    Doctor says I have a Fatty filtrated liver?
    I got my test results done on my liver. The doctor said that it's Fatty filtrated? What does this mean, is it serious, and is this why I'm getting tired and sick in the evenings?

    He said he was going to find me a specialist to go to? What exactly are the bad things I'm about to have to look forward to?

    • ANSWER:
      do you drink achohol regularly?

      usually high deposits of fat in and around the liver is a result of steatosis (when abnormal amount of lipids is retained in a cell) due to freaquent alchohol use. It is a form of liver damage. (however, it can be caused from things other then alchohol, such as obesity, or other toxins, but this is the most common one)

      it is best to treat this as early as possible, during the early stages, it is still possible to reverse the damage done to your liver.

  44. QUESTION:
    severe fatty liver. Please help.?
    Hello. My brother recently had an CT scan and they discovered a severe fatty liver. We are very concerned about his condition and really don't know what to do. His ALT and AST are little elevated, and his cholesterol was little elevated. He is not a diabetic, he is not overweight he is totally normal in weight, he doesnt take meds except some tylenol when he gets cold,he doesn't drink or smoke, he doesnt eat fatty food..what he eats most are fruits vegetables, rice, potatoes and pasta..and he is only 24. . I researched online more information but I cant find about the specific form of severe fatty liver. Is it very dangerous? Does severe mean that he has an inflamation or chirhosis? what is the difference between mild moderate and severe and the complications of severe?What can he do to treat or reverse his severe form of fatty liver? I dont think that he should lose weight because he is perfect weight for his height and age. Please help us. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Your brother has fat infiltration of the liver. This can range from
      not being a true problem to becoming very serious.
      I will explain.

      There are different causes of fatty liver and they are still
      discovering more of them as they do more research:
      alcohol consumption, certain medications like steriods,
      weight gain, high cholesterol/triglycerides levels,
      hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders, diabetes
      insulin resistance. There is also evidence that this can
      occur in someone who contacted a virus, like Hepatitis
      C. And there are others reasons, also.

      The liver is surrounded by a tight membrane capsule.
      The addition of fat inside the liver causes pressure to
      the point it can even push the nucleus of the liver
      cell out of position. If the doctor can determine
      the cause and it can be stopped and then it
      can be reversed...then the cells of the liver may
      heal. This is usually known as Simple fatty liver.

      However, if the cause cannot be stopped and
      there is damage to the liver cells, the immune
      system of the body will respond to this damage
      and cause inflammation inside the liver. This
      is then known as Steatohepatitis. STeato
      is fat, hepat is liver, and itis is inflammation.
      This is much more serious...but it still
      can be reversed with treatment.

      If no treatment is given or the cause isn't
      stopped, it can lead to where the liver cells
      start to die off and on top of the inflammation
      inside the liver, scar tissue will also form in
      the liver that blocks the flow of blood through
      the liver on its way back to the heart and also
      to the other liver cells. It is then a progressive
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      NASH stands for Non alcohol Steatohepatitis.
      This means there is inflammation inside the
      liver because of cell damage that did not
      come from an alcoholic cause.

      Alcohol Steatohepatitis is inflammation from
      an alcoholic cause.

      NAFLD is Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

      Here are some links that will help you understand
      this disease much better, that you can click on.
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      He should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      The very best test done to determine how far advance in the
      disease he is, is a liver biopsy.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes to you both.

  45. QUESTION:
    results to my ultrasound says finding suggestive of fatty changes liver with thickened wall of bowel loops?
    what does that mean?is it something to be worried about?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Hepatology 101: what does it mean if a patient has a coarse ethnocgicty usually correlated with ..?
    mild fatty liver infiltration.
    how would you advise this patient of what the condition means.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it doesn't say "coarse ECHOgenicity?" If so, that would mean that on the ultrasound, the doctor saw areas that were more dense than others, which usually means that there are some fat deposits in the liver (fat has different density than normal liver cells). Fatty liver infiltration is most commonly associated with hitting the booze a little too hard (though there are many other reasons) - usually, one of the first sign of liver damage is something called "fatty change" (which is basically means exactly what the name implies), and what the report describes. The good news is that fatty change is reversible damage, but if the damage continues, then it will result in cirrhosis, or scarring, of the liver tissue. That is permanent.

  47. QUESTION:
    i have a elevated c-reactive protein, what does this mean?
    my doctor has been trying to find out what is wrong with me for 2 years now.she has tested me for a lot of things. and nothing.but i feel like battery acid is being pored down the center of my bones and feel stiff and swollen.i do have a enlarged fatty liver with infiltration.but im guessing that does not mean much ,i dont take any meds for it.does anyone have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      People who have liver disease can develop
      osteopenia. Usually, they have a dexa scan done to
      determine the density of the bones. They can
      easily be prone to arthritis, also.

      C-reactive protein is a protein that is a high sensitive
      marker for inflammation. It is produced in the liver and
      rises to very high levels withing 4 to 6 hours following
      injurious conditions.

      Fatty liver disease has many causes:
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, weight gain or
      rapid weight loss, malnourishment, diabetes,
      insulin resistance, alcohol consumption, metabolic
      disorders, hereditary, and others.

      You have what is known as Steatohepatitis.
      Usually, a fatty liver starts out as Simple fatty liver
      that does not cause a problem. But, as the fat
      build up in the liver (fatty liver infiltrate) it causes
      pressure inside the liver that damages the liver
      cells. The immune system of your body will then
      respond to this damage and cause the liver to
      enlarge in size. (This can be seen on an ultrasound
      scan). This is now no longer simple fatty liver...it
      is Steatohepatitis. Steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver, and itis stands for inflammation.

      You should definitely be seeing a gastroenterologist
      now or a hepatologist. The doctor has to determine
      the cause of the fatty liver and try to have it stopped.
      If it isn't stopped and the inflammation treated, it
      can cause the liver cells to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver that can block the flow of
      blood to the liver cells. It becomes a progressive
      irreversible disease then, known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver.

      The elevated C reactive protein can be caused
      by the cirrhosis, arthritis, or any inflammation.

      Links about Fatty liver disease that you can click on:
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      Links about cirrhosis of the liver:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      A link about C-reactive protein:
      http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/CBPH/biomarker/biomarkers-C-reactive.htm

      Hope this information is of some help to you. Best wishes

  48. QUESTION:
    'Fatty change in liver' what is the cause and what is the remedy?
    I had mild pain around upper right side of stomach, had a sonography done, was told there is 'fatty change in liver'. What does this mean? I used to smoke and drink (though have quit that 2 weeks back) and am a bit overweight. My general physician said no medicine required, only diet control. Could someone help me here. Also, can I start doing basic cardio exercise like walks and jogging? Request someone to assist me with getting this liver problem under control.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband just had an ultrasound and then a liver biopsy, and it showed he had a non-alcoholic fatty liver. His doctor recommended, for now, to use fish oil (a vitamin= easy to find at a store), to lose about 20#, watch what he eats (not much red meat, very little junk food, very little salt, no pop,etc.) and to exercise. If unattended, this can become very serious. DO NOT drink anymore. Maybe a beer/mixed drink here and there, but no more than that. Cardio/walking/jogging are all good! :)

  49. QUESTION:
    High Liver Enzymes?
    Is 112 considered to be elevated liver enzymes and what could they be elevated from? my husband had a blood test that should elevated liver enzymes. the doctor said it could be a fatty liver. what does that mean? and what does that mean for the future of his liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Imagine you are in a room by yourself.
      You have lots of space and can move
      around and function well. Now imagine
      that a number of people enter the room...
      you have less space. Now imagine
      that there are so many people in the room
      that you are backed into a corner and the
      walls start to close in on you. What happens? You are stuck and cannot get
      out. You start to lack oxygen and, if
      you are hungry, you cannot get nourishment.
      Eventually, if there is no way of leaving or
      getting the things you need, you could die.

      This is what happens inside the liver.
      The liver is surrounded by a capsule.
      The fat builds up inside the liver and
      causes pressure on the cells. The fat
      may also be inside the cells. What happens
      is that it can block the cells from getting
      what it needs to function and eventually
      can cause damage. How? When there
      start to be damage in the liver cells, it
      signals our immune system. The
      immune system responds and can cause
      inflammation inside the liver which only
      adds to the problem. It causes the
      liver to start to swell up and can destroy
      even more cells.

      Sometimes, if the problem is caused by
      weight...losing weight will help the cells
      and everything will be fine. If a person
      who has a fatty liver being caused
      from drinking alcohol, by stop drinking
      it and getting treatment...the condition
      can be reversed.

      Here is a link that explains the different
      types of fatty liver disease:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      This is a link for those who do not drink
      alcohol.

      Sometimes the fat is not inside the liver
      but surrounding it. This may be what
      is known as Simple fatty liver and may
      not do any harm, but would be treated
      with just trying to lose weight.

      It is important that your husband informs
      the doctor of all medication he is taking now. This includes over the counter,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals,
      and prescriptions from other doctors.

      Follow the doctors advice closely.
      Inflammation of the liver can be treated
      and cured, but death of the liver cells can only be slowed down.

      I hope this helps you understand more.

  50. QUESTION:
    liver echotexture may indicate fatty infiltration or chronic liver disease?
    what does it mean when the diagnose is heterogeneous liver echotexture may indicate fatty infiltratio or chronic liver diseas. No discrete liver lesion seen

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to be honest it is very hard to tell you what this means without the context of what they were looking for. This sounds like an ultrasound reading? The reading does not sound bad to me, you have no lesions (cancer) but could have some changes going on. I am not sure what they were looking for so I cannot help you with this result and what it means to you. Your best bet is to talk to the doctor who ordered this test, ask him/her what he/she was looking for and if anything was found that would require further testing. If you do not know the doctor, take the result to your primary care doctor and talk to them.