May 22, 2019
What You Need to Know About This Silent Liver Disease Called NASH (Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis)
Here’s a startling fact: You can get liver disease even without drinking alcohol. When fat accumulates in the liver, it causes a condition called Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (or NAFLD). On the other hand, Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) is a form of NAFLD that has the potential to damage the liver.
NASH results when the accumulated fat in the liver causes hepatitis or inflammation and scarring or cirrhosis. Since NASH causes liver scarring, it is also life-threatening.
Few people know why fat accumulation in the liver ends up as NASH. Perhaps, inflammation is triggered by something in the environment, or it could be congenital. NASH could also be caused for these reasons:
- Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol and high triglycerides
- Metabolic syndrome
People over 50 years of age and have one or more of the causes mentioned above are targets for developing NASH.
NASH is also called the “silent” disease as many people could suffer from a few of its symptoms such as pain, fatigue, weakness, weight loss or discomfort in the upper right abdomen.
To find out if there is an accumulation of fat in the liver, the doctor may ask for certain tests to be done, such as:
- Blood tests
- An ultrasound of the stomach
- CT scan
By losing weight, one can manage NASH very well as the fat content will reduce and this will reduce liver scarring and inflammation. Overweight people will have to lose at least three to five per cent of their body weight which can be done by reducing sugars and fats intake. Alcohol should also be reduced to stop liver damage.
For patients of cirrhosis of the liver, medicines and surgeries can help treat NASH. But if the cirrhosis causes liver failure, the best solution is a liver transplant.
Why Rela Hospital
Any form of liver damage is debilitating and can affect the quality of one’s life. We, at Dr Rela Hospital, Chennai, see early signs of this frequently and work dedicatedly to alleviate the patient’s pain and suffering.
For our internationally trained expert surgeons, oncologists and related specialists, this is all in a day’s work. Being up with the latest technology, techniques, medication and equipment, our teams of specialists provide the best and quickest relieving NASH Treatment in Chennai.
Over the years, our hospital has seen so many successes in this niche area that not for nothing are we nicknamed The Liver Damage Surgery Hospital in Chennai. We are happy to be called so and work tirelessly to retain this tag if it means seeing the smiles of satisfaction on our patients’ faces as they leave our hospital well again.
Our multidisciplinary hospital, located conveniently in Chennai, has all the modern facilities of a corporate Indian hospital. We have 450 beds of which 130 are critical care beds and state-of-the-art facilities in every aspect of the hospital.
Despite this, we are known particularly for having a world-renowned Fatty Liver Specialist Doctor in Chennai in Dr Rela, our founder. Under his stewardship, this hospital continues to grow from strength to strength, achieving many milestones of happy patients and successful treatments.
To know more about us, call us on +91 9384681770