Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease | Diagnosis & Tests

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How can my doctor tell if I have NAFLD?

To diagnose NAFLD, your doctor may check your blood and order a scan of your liver. If your doctor thinks you may have a more severe liver disease, you may need a liver biopsy. In this procedure, your doctor inserts a needle through your skin and removes a small piece of tissue from your liver. This tissue is looked at under a microscope to check for signs of severe liver disease.

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease by M Bayard, J Holt, E Boroughs (American Family Physician June 01, 2006, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 12/06

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