Specialist expertise: Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Colonoscopy, Liver Disease, Liver, Fibroscan, Gastroscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Fatty Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Liver Cirrhosis, Viral Hepatitis, Cholestasis, Stomach Ulcers, Primary Biliary Cholangitis, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.
A healthy liver should contain little or no fat. Fatty liver disease is a condition where too much fat is stored in the liver cells. The disease is divided into different types depending on whether the cause is driven by alcohol or metabolic syndrome.
In most cases, fatty liver disease doesn’t cause serious problems or affect normal liver function. However, for approximately 7% to 30% of people with the condition, the continual build-up of fat in the liver will cause damage to the organ over time. This causes scar tissue to form on the organ which slows down function and can stop the organ from functioning altogether. This is called liver cirrhosis, which can lead to liver failure and liver cancer.