Fatty liver disease: Early signs of the condition may include a low-grade fever

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Alcohol abuse, hepatitis viruses, and obesity are the leading three risk factors for death from liver disease. Other causes of liver disease include cancer, autoimmune diseases, and genetic or metabolic disorders. Sadly, symptoms of many liver disorders do not manifest until serious and sometimes irreversible damage has occurred. Having a low-grade fever is a lesser-known warning sign of your risk to fatty liver disease.

In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, intermittent fever in a patient with apparent fatty liver was further investigated.

A 41-year-old female presented with non‐specific abdominal pain and intermittent hyperpyrexia (38°C).

“A chest X ray revealed no lesion and liver sonography demonstrated a patchy hypo‐hyper‐echoic polycyclic area in the anterior‐superior parenchyma compatible with segmental fatty liver,” noted the study.

The study found that fever could be an early indication of fatty liver disease.

Why does it occur?

Fatty liver disease occurs when fat builds up in the liver, which causes swelling and impairs liver function.

Alcoholic fatty liver disease can occur even after a short period of heavy drinking.

Symptoms are not usually present in this stage, though the American Liver Foundation reports some may feel weak or fatigued or notice discomfort in the right upper abdomen.

Alcoholic drinkers can usually reverse liver disease in this stage, however, if drinking continues, damage to the liver will not subside and will result in irreversible disease.

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