How is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) diagnosed?

Yeisel Barquin, MD
Internal Medicine
An initial blood test can start your doctor on the path to diagnosing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a buildup of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol. Sometimes it takes a few other tests and diving deeper into one’s medical history to make a final determination. An ultrasound can confirm the NAFLD diagnosis, for example. NAFLD is preliminarily diagnosed in blood tests that come back with high levels of liver enzymes. Other liver diseases will be ruled out through additional tests.

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Liver Disease

The liver assists in both digestion and cleaning toxins from your blood. When the liver is damaged, symptoms often include yellow color in skin and eyes, dark urine, persistent itching, and fatigue. The causes can be viral, as in ...

Hepatitis A-E, or can be due to scarring, cirrhosis, or a liver cancer. You can be at risk for liver disease if you drink heavily, have body piercings, work in health care or another job that exposes you to other people's body fluids. Tests for liver disease include blood tests, scans, and biopsy.

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