, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 133-137

Focal fatty liver lesions in alcoholic liver disease: A broadened spectrum of CT appearances

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The CT examinations of 26 consecutive alcoholic patients with focal fatty infiltration of the liver were analyzed. Five different patterns of focal fatty infiltration were noted. In most alcoholic patients these appearances present no diagnostic problem and further confirmation can be obtained by repeating the CT scan within 1–2 weeks to see if interval resolution occurs following enforced abstinence. In select instances, more invasive and definitive procedures such as superselective angiography or liver biopsy may be necessary to differentiate these findings from other more serious diseases they may closely resemble, such as primary or secondary liver neoplasms.