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Fatty Liver Specialist

Leo Treyzon, MD

Gastroenterologist & Clinical Nutrition Specialist located in Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA

Your liver performs many critical functions essential to good health, and fatty liver disease can result in serious health problems. Dr. Treyzon is experienced in diagnosing the causes of fatty liver in his Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA, patients, providing treatments that are customized for each patient's unique medical needs.

Fatty Liver Q&A

What is Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver is just what its name suggests: the build-up of fat in the liver cells. Although this is not a normal condition, fat in the liver usually causes no damage by itself. However, on some occasions it can be a sign that other more harmful conditions are at work. Fatty liver may be associated with or may lead to inflammation of the liver. This can cause scarring and hardening of the liver. When scarring becomes extensive, it is called cirrhosis, and this is a very serious condition. 

What are the Risk Factors for Fatty Liver?

There are many causes of fatty liver, including:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • High triglycerides
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malnutrition
  • Intestinal bypass surgery for obesity
  • Excess vitamin A
  • Certain medications (valproic acid, corticosteroids)
  • Complication of pregnancy

What are the Symptoms of Fatty Liver?

There are usually no symptoms that are noticeable to the patient.

How is Fatty Liver Diagnosed?

Fatty liver is frequently uncovered during a routine physical examination. There may be a rise in certain liver enzymes found in the blood, and sometimes the liver is slightly enlarged. Fatty liver may also be discovered while the physician is evaluating a patient for other illnesses. For example, an ultrasound exam of the abdomen done for other reasons may show fat in the liver. To be certain of a diagnosis of fatty liver, the physician may recommend a liver biopsy.

What is the Treatment for Fatty Liver?

In most instances, treatment of fatty liver requires control of the underlying conditions. This may include reduction of high blood triglycerides, good control of diabetes, or not drinking alcohol. In some cases, surgical reversal of intestinal bypass for obesity is required. Since being overweight is by far the most critical factor, weight loss is the key to ridding the liver of fat. This is especially necessary if damage to the liver is occurring, and early signs of scarring are present on biopsy.

Insurances We Work With

Here is a list of just some of the plans we work with -- depending on your insurance plan, your co-pay due upon the visit is variable. You might be responsible for a small co-pay like $10, or you might be responsible for the full amount. It is dependent on your insurance unmet deductible, which insurance network you are in, and other insurance factors. Please contact our office if you have any questions. We can verify on the phone what your co-pay would be. Please note that we are not contracted with Medicare. If a claim is submitted to your insurance, we submit the necessary billing forms ourselves.

Anthem Blue Cross of California
Director's Guild (DGA)
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
United Healthcare
Writers Guild