Fatty Liver Disease
Fatty liver disease is identified by the existence of excessive fat in the liver. It’s possible that your doctor will refer to it as hepatic steatosis.
You’re more likely to get it if you drink a much. Too much alcohol causes fat to build up inside your liver cells over time. This makes your liver’s life more difficult.
Even if you don’t consume a lot of alcohol, you might get fatty liver disease.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is divided into two types:
- Simple fatty liver: If you have fat in your liver but no inflammation or damage to your liver cells, you have simple fatty liver. It normally doesn’t become any worse or cause any liver problems. The majority of patients who have NAFLD have a simple fatty liver.
- NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) is a considerably more serious condition than the fatty liver. NASH stands for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. NASH-related inflammation and liver cell damage can lead to major complications such as fibrosis and cirrhosis, both of which are scarring conditions of the liver, as well as liver cancer. NASH affects about 20% of patients with NAFLD.
Alcohol-Related Fatty Liver Disease (ALD)
Fatty liver disease caused by alcohol can be avoided. When you quit drinking alcohol, things usually improve. ALD might create serious problems if you continue to drink. These are some of them:
Liver enlargement. You may have pain or discomfort in the upper right side of your abdomen.
Hepatitis is caused by alcohol. This is a condition in which the liver swells and causes symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, and jaundice (yellowish skin and eyes).
Cirrhosis due to alcoholism. This is a scar tissue buildup in your liver. It can produce the same symptoms as alcoholic hepatitis, as well as the following:
- Spleen enlargement
- Liver failure is a potentially lethal condition.
- Bleeding in your body
- Confusion and behavioral shifts
- Large amounts of fluid have formed in your stomach (the doctor will call it ascites)
- In the liver, there is high blood pressure.
What are the Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease?
There are generally no symptoms associated with ALD and NAFLD. Some patients may have symptoms such as fatigue or soreness in the upper right side of their abdomen, where their liver is positioned.
If you have NASH or cirrhosis, you may have symptoms like:
- Men with larger-than-normal breasts
- Palms that are red in color
- Due to a disease known as jaundice, the skin and eyes appear yellowish.
- Bloated stomach
- Underneath your skin, there are enlarged blood vessels.
What are the complications of Fatty Liver Disease?
Fatty Liver Disease Complications
Cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, is the most common consequence of all of these disorders. As your liver tries to reduce the inflammation caused by these disorders, scarring develops. Scars form as the inflammation spreads, and your liver finally becomes unable to function. As a result, you could get:
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Failure
- Drowsiness and confusion
- In your belly, there is an accumulation of fluid.
- Swollen esophageal veins that might burst and bleed
These illnesses are difficult to diagnose since most patients don’t have any symptoms.
To determine if you have fatty liver disease, your doctor may use a variety of methods. Your doctor may use the following to diagnose the fatty liver disease:
Health history, Physical Exam, Blood tests, Imaging tests, Liver biopsy.
What is Fibroscan?
FibroScan Testing is a non-invasive diagnostic device that was recently licensed by the FDA for measuring liver scarring or fibrosis caused by a variety of liver illnesses. Outpatient FibroScan testing is similar to a regular liver ultrasound scan in that it is rapid, painless, and simple, and it provides a non-surgical alternative to a traditional liver biopsy for assessing liver disease.
If you have one of the following chronic liver conditions, your doctor may prescribe a FibroScan test:
- Hemochromatosis and Wilson’s Disease are examples of Genetic Diseases.
- Hepatitis B
- Alcoholic Liver Disease (Hepatitis C)
- Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
- Hepatitis with Autoimmune Diseases
When you arrive for the Test, here’s what to expect:
- Arrive 15 minutes early for your scheduled procedure.
- Please bring your insurance card, as well as a list of current medications.
- FibroScan does not require any type of anesthesia. You are allowed to drive yourself to and from the test.
- It takes roughly 5 minutes to complete the operation. Your consultation will last around 30 minutes.
- You will lie on your back with your right arm raised behind your head and your right abdomen area exposed for the operation (wear loose-fitting clothing)
- After applying a water-based gel to your skin, a healthcare professional will put a non-invasive probe over your liver.
- As the probe sends ultrasonic waves to the region for measurement reasons, you may feel a slight vibration on the skin at the tip of the probe during the test.
Is a Fibroscan the same as Ultrasound?
When you have a FibroScan of the liver, you’re having an ultrasound of the liver. It’s not so much “FibroScan vs. ultrasound” as it is “FibroScan as your ultrasound” if you’ve been wondering whether you should have one or the other. Because liver FibroScan uses transient elastography, an ultrasound-based modality that is an improved type of ultrasonography, this is the case.
This should reassure many patients who are learning about FibroScan for the first time. Ultrasounds are common procedures that many of us have had in the past and found to be quite short and painless.
Don’t Wait To Diagnosis your Liver Condition:
If you’re putting off testing for liver disease because you’re afraid of a biopsy, ask your doctor about FibroScan. It’s a quick, painless, and non-invasive way to provide your doctor with vital information about your health. You may go past your fear and into a treatment plan in minutes.
Waiting is a risky alternative that might cost a lot of money. Liver disease is dangerous if left undiagnosed and untreated. Cirrhosis, a serious disorder in which the liver can no longer function properly, can develop as a result of severe fibrosis. Cirrhosis is a life-threatening disease.
Fatty liver cannot be treated with medicine, but in many cases, lifestyle changes can help reverse the problem. If you’re concerned about liver disease, now is the time to discuss FibroScan with your doctor.