Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is sometimes misdiagnosed as Cholesteryl Ester Storage Disease

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Cholesteryl Ester Storage Disease, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) also called steatosis, is the build-up of extra fat in liver that is not caused by alcohol. Symptoms include fatigue, pain and discomfort in the upper right abdomen, abdominal swelling from ascites (fluid build-up), enlarged blood vessels below the skin surface, enlarged spleen, red palms, yellowing of the skin and eyes from jaundice. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be misdiagnosed as lysosomal acid lipase deficiency, and obesity can lead to a misdiagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease as the increased abdominal fat can create difficulties with sonography.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Pain or discomfort in the upper right abdomen, fatigue, ascites, enlarged spleen, red palms, jaundice, enlarged blood vessels beneath the skin's surface

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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