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Friday, December 6, 2013
Mild diffuse fatty infiltration
Just had an abdomen ultrasound because of pain in the right abdomen and findings are mild diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver. Also, a focal area of low echogenicity in the caudate lobe (2cm), which may represent an area of focal fatty sparing. The rounding of contours are worrisome and will get a CT done. Should I be worried?
No, you should not worry. Mild fatty infiltration is quite a common finding and there are actually hospitals which have a "fatty liver" clinic because it has become so common. It is something that needs watched, however. A small percentage of patients with fatty liver can go on to become cirrhotic. Weight loss, control of diabetes, and control of cholesterol can decrease the amount of fat in your liver and is the best thing to treat this process.
Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University