Fatty liver disease (FLD) is a broad term for several liver diseases affecting those who consume little to none alcohol.
Some of the common symptoms associated with fatty liver disease, NASH in particular, include abdominal pain. Some of the more severe symptoms of FLD include high levels of cholesterol (cholesterol levels rise), jaundice (yellowing of the skin), enlarged spleen (usually resulting from cirrhosis or liver cancer), heart problems, fatigue, and muscle weakness.
Fatty liver can have many different types. The most common of them is cirrhosis. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disorder (NAFLD) encompasses a number of other liver disorders affecting those who consume little to none alcohol. Some of the more severe symptoms of NAFLD and liver cancer include:
Liver damage is caused by fatty deposits accumulated around the liver cells.
These fatty deposits also build up fat within the blood vessels supplying the liver. Fatty deposits block the blood supply which allows toxins to accumulate within the body’s bloodstream. Fatty liver can be classified as either primary or secondary.
In a primary fatty liver condition, there is no obvious liver abnormality. Most patients suffering from primary fatty liver conditions will experience some or all of the above symptoms, although in rare cases they will not develop any of them. When there is a primary liver abnormality, doctors refer to this abnormality as “Fatal Fatty Liver Syndrome” (FFLS).
FFLS is a leading cause of death in the United States. Although it may not initially appear to be life threatening, FFLS can eventually result in cirrhosis, liver cancer, or even liver failure.
A diagnosis of FFLS should be made when there are persistent abdominal pain, jaundice, blood in the stool, a rapid weight gain, or a change in appetite or activity. If you have any of these symptoms, you should visit your physician immediately for treatment.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver cancer is a common cause of death and liver failure. It usually begins in stages and is more common in men than women. The symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver cancer are similar to those of FDL. Fatty deposits can grow around the liver cells and interfere with cell function, causing inflammation of the liver tissue surrounding the liver. Fatty deposits that have not ruptured may lead to inflammation of the blood vessel and possible scarring of the liver.
Serious liver failure can occur with a buildup of fatty deposits that are not causing symptoms.
This can happen if liver cancer has spread through the body. When this happens, the liver may fail to respond to medications or treatment. A diagnosis of liver cancer is very serious and should be treated as soon as possible.
Liver cancer can be treated using several different treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and even diet and nutrition. Because the liver is responsible for producing the hormones necessary for energy production and metabolism, a liver transplant may be recommended.
However, if the liver tumors are very small, it may be possible to remove them without causing scarring or damage to other organs. Surgical treatments are used to remove tumor masses, while medications such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy can be used to prevent the tumor from coming back. The cancerous tumors are removed surgically, but the tumor is often left behind to regenerate and cause new fat deposits.
Many patients experience abdominal discomfort with the removal of the tumor and the treatment of the cancer.
Abdominal discomfort associated with chemotherapy treatments is common. Patients who have had previous treatments for cancer and liver cancer may experience abdominal pain as well.
Liver cancer is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the liver. It is the most common cause of liver cancer deaths in the United States. There are two types of liver cancer, primary and secondary liver cancer.
If you suspect you may have a fatty liver, it is important to speak with your physician immediately. He can conduct an initial evaluation to determine if a liver biopsy is required and recommend a course of treatment for you. Liver cancer can be deadly and if it is left untreated, the disease can spread to other areas of the body and spread throughout your body.