In order to diagnose fatty liver disease in India, a physician will first take a thorough medical history and perform a physical exam. This may include blood tests to check for elevated liver enzymes, which are usually seen with fatty liver disease. The doctor may also order imaging tests such as an ultrasound or CT scan to evaluate the structure and size of the liver. He can also ask a Fibro Scan to assess the extent of liver fibrosis (scarring). A biopsy may be ordered if the physician suspects that the cause of fatty liver is not related to lifestyle factors.
Depending on the patient’s risk factors, the doctor may recommend further testing such as lip,id profile, glucose panel and kidney function tests. If any signs suggest cirrhosis (or scarring) of the liver from long-term damage caused by alcohol abuse or other factors, further imaging or endoscopy will likely be ordered.