Hepatic steatosis or fatty liver disease is the result of the liver accumulating excess fat. Diagnosed individuals may have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or alcoholic liver disease. The former has two further distinctions: simple fatty liver and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Fatty liver disease is closely related to some metabolic disorders, and as such, shares some symptoms with these conditions.
All fatty liver diseases and their related conditions have some shared symptoms, and some are the direct result of damage to the liver or the buildup of excess fat. Loss of appetite can lead to unexpected weight loss and fatigue. Some individuals experience physical weakness and confusion. Advanced symptoms include fluid buildup that causes a swollen abdomen or ascites. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, is also a sign of a worsening liver condition.
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