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How is fatty liver disease diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Blood tests are the usual method used to determine if you have fatty liver disease (FLD). Various types of blood tests will look for irregularity in the liver, including enlargement. Accumulation of fat in the liver can be identified through technology including ultrasound, CT scans, or MRIs; however, these tests cannot determine whether other characteristics of fatty liver are present, such as enlargement of the liver. A biopsy of the liver, obtained through insertion of a needle into the organ, can not only identify fatty liver but also give information about its causes and severity.

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