What is the focus of clinical history in the evaluation of fatty liver disease?

Updated: Apr 12, 2018
  • Author: Emily Tommolino, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A thorough clinical history, especially with regard to the amount of alcohol consumption, is essential for determining the role of alcohol in the etiology of abnormal liver test results. History obtained from family members may reveal past alcohol-related problems. No specific test is available to rule out drug-related toxicity, but a good review of all concurrent and recent medications, including over-the-counter medications and alternative treatments, is valuable in evaluating the possible causes of abnormal liver test results.


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