what is the meaning of a "fatty" liver?
Well mother is on hospital - icu and they sa she has a fatty liver for a bacteria so i would see it a infectious disease as she has been quarintined
- abijannLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Fatty liver can be "Simple fatty liver" that may cause
no problems at all. However, fat is not normally
inside the liver. As the fat builds up in the liver it
can damage the liver cells. When this happens,
the immune system of the body responds to this
and also causes inflammation to develop inside
the liver. This then changes to Steatohepatitis.
Steato is fat, hepat is liver, and itis means
inflammation. This is much more serious.
You see, the liver is surrounded by a membrane
capsule. The fat and the inflammation causes
damage to the liver cells and this will then
cause the liver to enlarge is size because
of the pressure there. The cause has to be
found and stopped, if possible. This way
the liver cells can heal. If not, it can lead
to where the liver cells start to die off and
scar tissue forms inside the liver which will
block the flow of blood through the liver.
This is then known as Cirrhosis of the liver
and it is not reversible.
The causes that are known for Fatty liver are:
alcohol consumption, certain medications..
such as steriods, weight gain, obesity,
fast weight loss, malnourishment,
high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
diabetes, insulin resistance, and others.
Bacterial infection has to be watched closely...
many patients are placed in isolation because
of this. She will be given one or a combination
of medications that will help her fight off this.
The Infection team of doctors will decide which
ones will be best to use. Some of the antibiotics
have to be watched closely by having blood testing
done to be sure they stay at a safe level in the
blood and don't go into toxic range. One sign
of this is ringing in the ears sounds.
Here are some links on Fatty liver disease, that you
can click on:
Here are some terms that you may come across when
reading the information on these sites and what they
"Simple Fatty Liver" is a fat infiltration inside the
liver that doesn't usually cause any problem
"Steatohepatitis" is fat infiltration inside the liver
that causes damage to the liver cells and inflammation
inside the liver which will cause the liver to enlarge in
"Hepatitis" is inflammation of the liver
"NASH" stands for non alcoholic causes of
"Alcohol Steatohepatitis" is alcoholic causes of
fatty liver disease leading to inflammation inside the
"NAFLD" is non alcoholic causes of Fatty liver disease
"Cirrhosis" is death of the liver cells and scar tissue
formation inside the liver.
I hope this information has been of help to you.
Best wishesSource(s): caregiver to a liver transplant patient
- AtLargeLv 71 decade ago
It is simply that, it's fat in the liver. Usually this is a result of a person being overweight if they don't drink excessively. Not a heavy drinker then it is called NASH (Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis). It is reversible. Your doctor probably told you that you have a fatty liver and maybe to follow up with some blood work or something? Your blood results will tell your doctor about the enzyme levels of your liver and better inform you of what going on and next steps. It's usually no big deal and your liver will be just fine.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
oh and by the way, a fatty liver is NOT an infectious disease, but rather acquired through bad eating and drinking habits
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