What are the symptoms of fatty liver disease?

Fatty liver disease (FLD) is a stage in alcoholic liver disease and is closely related to cirrhosis, which can occur if fatty liver disease goes untreated and the liver becomes inflamed and damaged. FLD on its own may be difficult to detect because external symptoms are uncommon. Someone with fatty liver disease may have a liver which is enlarged and smooth; however, only one in three patients display this symptom. In later stages of fatty liver disease, symptoms will probably be related to cirrhosis, and may include abdominal pain or tenderness, fatigue, excessive thirst, loss of appetite, and jaundice.

Fatty liver disease often causes no symptoms. However, it may reveal itself if routine blood tests show elevations in certain liver enzymes, or, if symptoms are present, when a patient complains of fatigue and abdominal pain and has a liver that feels enlarged upon examination.

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