What are symptoms of fatty liver disease?

Updated: Apr 12, 2018
  • Author: Emily Tommolino, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Most patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are asymptomatic. However, if questioned, more than 50% of patients with fatty liver or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) report persistent fatigue, malaise, or upper abdominal discomfort.

Symptoms of liver disease, such as ascites, edema, and jaundice, may arise in patients with cirrhosis due to progressive NASH. Laboratory abnormalities during blood donations or life insurance physical examinations often reveal elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels and ultimately lead to the diagnosis of fatty liver disease.


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