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Fatty liver diagnosis

Because fatty liver often does not cause any obvious symptoms, you may not know you have it until a routine test shows signs of a liver abnormality.

Your doctor will diagnose fatty liver by talking to you first, then examining you. Your doctor may examine your abdomen, and may also examine your skin, hands and eyes, looking for any signs of liver disease.

You may be asked to have a blood test called liver function tesrt to see the health of your liver. You may also be asked to have a scan such as an ultrasound or an MRI scan.

If the tests show you have fatty liver, then you may need some other tests to look further into your health.

Depending on the results of the tests, your doctor may suggest that you see a specialist (gastroenterologist ). In severe cases, a specialist may organise a biopsy of your liver to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity of the condition.

Last reviewed: March 2017

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