What are the symptoms of fatty liver disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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.

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