DAVID MARKS, MD: What's the problem with that?
HOWARD WORMAN, MD: Fatty liver itself may not be
that much of a problem, or isn't that much of a problem. The problem
is that, with fatty liver, fatty liver can progress to other problems,
especially if you continue to drink.
DAVID MARKS, MD: Now, somebody who goes out and
drinks a few beers at night, they build up that fat in their liver, but
it does go away, doesn't it?
HOWARD WORMAN, MD: Right. Probably not a few
beers, but let's say many beers for several nights, they can accumulate
fat in the liver, and then the fat will go away after they stop drinking.
DAVID MARKS, MD: How is it diagnosed?
HOWARD WORMAN, MD: Fatty liver really can only be
diagnosed by liver biopsy. It's a histological diagnosis you make
by looking at a piece of liver under the microscope. But we can suspect
it based on clinical grounds and laboratory tests.
DAVID MARKS, MD: Dr. Semrad, when would you suspect
fatty liver in a patient?