Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis is liver inflammation that is caused by high levels of fat in the liver. It falls under the category of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The increase in fat can cause damage to the liver cells and decrease functionality. If it progresses, it may lead to cirrhosis. NASH is usually diagnosed through a standard blood test, but can also be detected through a CT scan or an abdominal ultrasound.
Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis can be treated by reducing cholesterol, regular exercise, abstaining from alcohol, and weight loss. Many people with NASH do not have early onset symptoms, but as the disease progresses it may cause:
- Weight loss
- General weakness
- An ache in the upper left region of the stomach