Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Definition & Symptoms

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is a condition in which excess fat in the liver causes inflammation and damage. Most patients have no symptoms and are unaware that they have any liver problem. Symptoms appear when there is damage to the liver or cirrhosis and causes weight loss, fatigue, and weakness, right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort or abdominal bloating from fluid accumulation and yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Risk Factors

Risk factors include middle age and obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

Diagnostics

NASH is differentiated from fatty liver disease during a liver biopsy. No blood tests or scans are able to make this differentiation at this time.

Treatment

There is currently no specific treatment for NASH. The most important recommendations for patients with NASH is to lose weight, follow a healthy diet, increase your exercise, avoid alcohol, and avoid unnecessary medication.

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