Fatty liver disease has many different causes:
alcohol consumption, weight gain, high cholesterol/
triglyceride levels, diabetes, insulin resistance,
mal nourishment, hereditary conditions, and
Fat infiltration in the liver causes pressure.
So much pressure that it can easily push the
nucleus of the liver cells out of position.
(The liver is surrounded by a membrane
capsule)...so you can imagine the pressure
this fat has on the liver cells.
Usually, if a person knows the cause and
is able to stop it..then the liver cells can heal.
If the fat causes the liver cells damage,
the immune system of the body responds to
this damage and causes inflammation inside
the liver (think about the pressure there now).
The inflammation then causes the liver to
enlarge in size. Is this serious...OH, yes.
It has changed from Simple fatty liver disease
to Steatohepatitis. Steato stands for fat,
hepat stands for liver, itis stands for inflammation.
What happens now is quite serious. The liver
cells are not just damaged, they start to die off.
When this happens, scar tissue forms inside
the liver that blocks the flow of blood through
the liver on its way back to the heart and also
blocks the flow of blood to the other liver cells
so they continue to die off. It is now an
irreversible disease known as Cirrhosis of the
liver. The cells of the liver keep dying off till
the entire liver is dead.
Any cause of the fat inside the liver has to be
eliminated, if possible. Alcohol consumption,
whether it is an overdose of it or casual drinking
over a long period of time can cause fat to
build up more in the liver. ALL Liver Patients
are told: NO alcohol. Alcohol can also
have a reaction with many drugs whether they
are prescribed or not.
I hope this information has been of help to you.
It is best to stay safe and do what you can now
to save yourself going through such a horrible
Best wishes to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient