Fatty liver, or steatosis, is too much fat built up in the liver cells. Steatosis with inflammation is called fatty liver disease (or steatohepatitis).
Types of fatty liver disease include:
- Alcoholic liver disease (ALD): caused by excessive alcohol use
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
Signs and symptoms of fatty liver disease include:
- Abdominal pain (upper right side)
- Abdominal swelling (ascites)
- Enlarged liver and/or spleen
- Enlarged blood vessels under skin
- Red palms
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
When left untreated, fatty liver disease can lead to cirrhosis (irreversible scarring) and liver failure.
It’s important to diagnose fatty liver disease in the early stages, when it's most treatable. If you have symptoms of fatty liver diseases, make an appointment with a University of Miami Health System hepatologist (liver specialist) today.
Why Choose UHealth?
Researching breakthroughs in treating NAFLD. We’re actively conducting clinical trial research for new and safer medicines for NAFLD. We bring what we learn to you, faster.
Special expertise in related conditions. Our liver specialists and care teams treat fatty liver disease and have special expertise in related conditions, including chronic viral hepatitis and cirrhosis. We can predict problems before they happen and, if necessary, begin treatment right away.
Seamless services from providers who care about you. Our hepatology teams provide fatty liver disease treatment in the hospital or outpatient (clinic) offices in South Florida. We’re here for all your needs.