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Test for Fatty Liver

by Eric Smith
  • Overview

    Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can cause excess fat to develop in the liver of a person who drinks little alcohol or none at all. Alcoholic beverage consumption can also contribute to the accumulation of fat in the liver.
  • Symptoms

    Many people with a fatty liver have no symptoms of the disorder, but some patients may experience weight loss, pain in the upper right abdomen or fatigue, according to the Mayo Clinic.
 
  • Types

    Many people have undiagnosed nonalcoholic fatty liver disease that causes excess liver fat without any medical complications, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some individuals with a fatty liver may experience liver inflammation or liver scarring with a reduction in liver functioning.
  • Blood Tests

    Doctors may perform blood tests that evaluate a patient's liver functioning including testing of liver enzymes.
  • Imaging

    Fat accumulation in the liver may be observed with imaging tests such as computerized tomography scans, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Tissue Testing

    A liver biopsy may be performed to remove a tissue sample from the liver and analyze the extracted tissue for inflammation and scarring.

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