The Clinician Looks at Fatty Liver

  • Sheila Sherlock
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


Fatty liver is now being diagnosed more often than in the past. The diagnosis may follow a clinically suspicious condition, e.g., unexplained hepatomegaly, but increasingly it accompanies the use of special techniques such as computerized tomography (CT), ultrasound, and liver biopsy.1 In some instances the cause of fatty liver is obvious, such as alcoholism or obesity. In other instances the fatty change is a small part of another condition such as non-A, non-B hepatitis or Wilson’s disease. It may be an integral part of a widespread metabolic abnormality such as Reye’s syndrome. Finally, there remains a large group for whom the cause of the fatty liver is never determined.


Liver Biopsy Fatty Liver Hepatic Steatosis Fatty Infiltration Alcoholic Hepatitis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheila Sherlock
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryRoyal Free Hospital School of MedicineLondonEngland

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