Diffuse hepatic steatosis - Definition

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Definition


Hepatic steatosis is an accumulation of fat in the liver cells. It is qualified as "diffuse" when all liver tissue is affected. This condition is generally an advanced stage steatosis, with the liver sometimes appearing enlarged on abdominal examination, becoming sensitive or even painful to the touch. Hepatic steatosis can be secondary to a diet overly-rich in lipids, but when it is diffuse, chronic alcoholism is more often the cause. Diagnosis can be confirmed by ultrasonography or scan, also used to monitor the disease progression, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. In these cases it is imperative to stop alcoholic consumption and improve diet.

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