fatty liver

What is Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver disease or steatosis is the buildup of excess fat in the liver. It is known in medicine as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). It’s the most common cause of liver disease in Western countries. The condition is usually associated with obesity and insulin resistance. The disease can progress into advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis. This evolution brings all the complications of cirrhosis.

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To make an appointment or to request more information, talk to our consultants at The Liver Centre WA: (08) 6163 2800

Fatty Liver: Causes & Symptoms

The most common cause is obesity. Other causes may be: diabetes and incorrect diet and rarer metabolic diseases. Most people with fatty liver are unaware they have a liver disease. They typically learn about it when they have medical examinations for other reasons.


In general you should:
– lose weight safely (consult an expert)
– avoid drinking alcohol
– control your diabetes if you have it
– eat a healthy diet: eat less carbs and sugars, eat more vegetables, proteins and the right fat
– increase your physical activity
– get regular check-ups from your specialist


An ultrasound of the liver can suggest the presence of a fatty liver. Other diagnosis methods may be a CT scan or an MRI.

Children and Fatty Liver

Fatty liver disease is the most common cause of liver disease in children. Lack of exercise, in combination with fast food and soda drinks, makes children increasingly prone to the disease.

If you need help or want more information, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to help, and also may refer you to a dietitian, drug and alcohol counsellor or specialist. Call The Liver Centre WA at 08 6163 2800.

The Liver Centre WA is led by Prof Luc Delriviere, Head of Hepato-biliary Surgery and Surgical Director of the WA Liver Transplant Service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He created The Liver Centre with the view of establishing Western Australia’s first comprehensive centre offering patients a complete service in the diagnosis and treatment for all forms of liver disease. Conveniently based in West Leederville Perth, The Liver Centre offers both insured and non-insured patients a ’one-stop’ service in treating any liver condition, with minimal wait-time for appointments.

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We’re located at
McCourt Street Medical Centre
1st Floor, Suite 10, 2 McCourt Street
West Leederville WA 6007

We also operate from
Northam Hospital Health Service
Outpatients Clinic, Robinson Street
Northam WA 6401

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There are many online resources. We have collected some useful links for you.

Fatty Liver disease on this website
Fatty liver diet on The Liver Centre WA website
Fatty liver disease on Wikipedia
Fatty liver: what patients need to know by the Mayo clinic on YouTube
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