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- Causes and risk factors
- Examinations and diagnosis
- Disease course and prognosis
Fatty liver: description
In fatty liver (steatosis hepatis), liver cells store more fat (especially triglycerides). The fat content of the liver is usually less than five percent of the liver cells. Depending on the degree of fatty degeneration different degrees of fat liver are differentiated. To determine the exact extent of Leberzellenverfettung a histological examination (histopathological) of a tissue sample from the liver is necessary (liver biopsy).
The following severity levels are distinguished:
• Moderate fatty liver: Less than a third of liver cells are overly greasy
• Moderate fatty liver: Less than two thirds of liver cells but more than a third are overly greasy.
• Heavy fatty liver: More than two thirds of liver cells are overly greasy.
A fatty liver itself is not dangerous at first. By using a suitable fatty liver diet you can break down the fatty liver. If the fatty liver remains unrecognized and untreated for a long time, the liver structure changes. It can cause inflammation (hepatitis). In addition, between the liver cells increased connective tissue can be formed and the tissue scar (cirrhosis). If that's the case, no fatty liver therapy will help anymore.
A fatty liver (steatosis hepatis) is a very common liver disease in Germany. About 20 percent of people are affected. Most fall ill between the 40th and 60th year of life. Nevertheless, fatty liver can develop even in children and adolescents.
The disease is subdivided into fatty alcoholic causes into an alcoholic and a non-alcoholic form. Alcohol is, as the name suggests, the trigger of the alcoholic fatty liver (ASH). The non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is also referred to as "prosperity disease". Women are slightly more affected than men. Almost all patients are overweight. About every second with fatty liver is also diabetic or has elevated blood lipid levels. In addition, fatty liver is often the concomitant of the metabolic syndrome.To the table of contents
Fatty liver: symptoms
Everything important to the typical signs of the fatty liver read in the contribution fatty liver symptoms.