What is liver steatosis?


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Steatosis, also known as fatty liver disease, is the result of an accumulation of fat in the liver, according to MedicineNet. The major causes of this condition are alcoholism and complications from obesity and diabetes.

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Fatty liver disease can also be caused by some drugs, including methotrixate (Rheumatrex), griseofulvin (Grifulvin V), total parenteral nutrition, steroids, valproate (Depakote), amiodarone (Cordarone) and tamoxifen (Nolvadex). Few symptoms may be present in cases that are drug-induced, but patients' livers may be enlarged. Fatty liver caused by drugs can lead to liver failure and cirrhosis in some extreme cases.

Steatosis can also be caused by intravenous amiodarone or tetracycline in large doses. Herbs such as Jin Bu Huan have also been know to cause fatty liver disease.

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