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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a silent condition that often does not cause symptoms until it progresses into a later stage. There are two kinds of fatty liver disease: nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Both kinds involve increased fatty deposits in your liver tissue that can impact proper function, but only NASH can progress to cirrhosis. Nearly one-third of Americans have a fatty liver unrelated to alcohol consumption. This is different from alcohol-induced liver disease, which also causes fatty deposits in the liver. In some patients, you may have right upper abdominal pain from increase in the size of the liver from fatty deposition.

If you are overweight, have a history of diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea or sluggish thyroid (hypothyroidism, you are likely to have a fatty liver and are at risk for developing NASH. If your liver damage has progressed to cirrhosis, you may feel weak, tired and experience symptoms of liver failure such a yellowing of eyes, fluid accumulation in the abdomen or mental confusion from high ammonia levels.

When you receive a diagnosis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease you may be surprised by your condition, especially if you do not have any symptoms. At Indiana University Health, our hepatology team of gastroenterologists is highly trained to diagnose fatty liver disease in its early stages, monitor your condition and guide you in making lifestyle changes to reduce your risk factors and treat the disease to prevent progression of the disease and avoid complications. 

Through our affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, we are deeply involved in researching liver diseases. We are investigating new ways to diagnose fatty liver disease and define improvements in treating the condition.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Treatment Information

Our increased understanding of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease means we can deliver faster, safer and better treatments and therapies to patients. We use and develop new tools to diagnose and monitor the severity of liver disease. This can remove the need for invasive biopsies in some cases and can preserve your liver function.


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