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Fatty liver (steatosis)

Fatty liver (Steatosis) occurs when the liver undergoes damage from the presence of toxins like alcohol and accumulates lipid.

Illustration of a fatty liver (biopsy sample). Large amounts of lipids (fat) have accumulated in vacuoles in the cells via steatosis. Upon fixation on a microscope slide, the lipid dissolves leaving behind clear spaces.

Fatty liver (Steatosis) occurs when the liver undergoes damage from the presence of toxins like alcohol, it can also occur during pregnancy or malnutrition where the metabolic patterns of the liver are disturbed. It can result in reduced liver function that can present in a patient when liver metabolites in the serum become imbalanced.