Do you drink excess alcohol? Are you experiencing excessive weakness? You are at a high risk of developing fatty liver disease. When left untreated, it can cause alcoholic hepatitis. Read on to know about types and symptoms of fatty liver disease…
Fatty liver disease is a condition in which the fat in the liver makes up for 5%-10% more than that of the organ’s weight.
Fatty liver disease is of 2 types:
- Alcoholic liver disease (ALD): It is caused due to the following factors:
- Over consumption of alcohol
- Genes inherited from parents
- Hepatitis C
- Higher amounts of iron in the body
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): It is caused due to the following factors:
- High cholesterol
- Certain medications
- Viral hepatitis
- Autoimmune liver disease
- Inherited liver disease
- Rapid weight loss
- Build-up of more bacteria in the small intestine
- Changes in the intestine
- Acute fatty liver of pregnancy: In rare cases, pregnant women develop fat in their liver. This can lead to liver or kidney failure in the mother or child. It can also cause infection and bleeding.
High triglyceride levels can also cause fatty liver disease.
What are its symptoms?
The symptoms are:
- Excessive weakness
- Unexpected weight loss
- Loss in appetite
- Extreme tiredness
- Memory problems
- Increase in size of liver
- Pain in the centre or upper part of the belly
- Dark coloured patches on the neck or underarms
In people suffering from alcoholic fatty liver disease, the symptoms worsen after the consumption of alcohol.
The person can also develop cirrhosis, in which the liver will be replaced with a scar tissue. When this happens, the person will show the following symptoms:
- Internal bleeding
- Liver failure
- Build-up of fluids inside the body
If you experience any of the above symptoms, consult a gastroenterologist online at eVaidya now!
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