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Can nonalcoholic fatty liver disease be fatal?

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be fatal if allowed to progress to advanced stages. NAFLD is a condition in which fat builds up in the liver of someone who drinks little or no alcohol (indicating that alcohol is not a factor in the disease). In its early stages, NAFLD may cause few or no symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may experience swelling of the liver and scarring, a condition known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH. Ultimately you may develop cirrhosis, severe scarring and hardening of your liver. These changes may affect how well your liver functions and eventually lead to liver failure, which can be fatal.

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