Fatty Liver Disease Diagnosis

Fatty liver disease (steatotic liver disease) can be difficult to detect and often presents no obvious symptoms. In order to accurately diagnose whether you have fatty liver disease, your healthcare provider will give you a physical exam and ask about your past health. Your physician may then recommend:

  • A blood test to see if you have high levels of liver enzymes. This may mean you have a liver problem.
  • Imaging, such as an ultrasound, CT or MRI of your liver.
  • A liver biopsy. During this test, a hollow needle is used to remove a tiny tissue sample from your liver. This tissue is then checked in a lab. This test can find signs of damage to liver tissue; it can also help determine the cause of the damage and how far the disease has progressed.

Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease

Treatment for fatty liver disease (steatotic liver disease) varies for each patient. Our personalized long-term treatment plans are focused on preventing the progression or recurrence of fat buildup in your liver. Although there is no cure for fatty liver disease, it can be treated and in some cases reversed by reducing your insulin resistance through better nutrition, more physical activity, improved sleep and weight loss (by changes in lifestyle, medications or bariatric surgery).

Metabolic syndrome is one risk factor for fatty liver disease and includes high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, excess weight or obesity and high fasting glucose (sugar) levels. If you have metabolic syndrome, your provider will work with you to control it in order to decrease your chance of developing liver damage. Treatment may include:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet (Mediterranean diet)
  • Regular physical activity
  • Reducing stress
  • Controlling diabetes, high levels of cholesterol or triglyceride
  • Improving sleep quality and quantity and treating underlying sleep apnea
  • Taking prescribed medicines
  • Minimizing your alcohol intake
  • Stopping smoking

Our the Steatotic Liver Disease Clinic provides consolidated care in one location so that when you schedule an appointment, you can meet with your entire care team in one visit.

Request an Appointment

The information you provide will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment.

To speak to someone directly, please call 1-888-824-0200. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

For questions about consultations, referrals or appointments, contact us at MetabolicLiverClinic@uchospitals.edu.

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Fatty Liver Disease