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Hepatic Steatosis (Fatty Liver Disease): Diagnosis, Causes, & More

Hepatic steatosis is an accumulation of fat in the liver. Also called fatty liver, it can develop into two types of liver disease: alcoholic hepatic steatosis (alcoholic fatty liver disease) and nonalcoholic hepatic steatosis (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease).

Liver Metastases (Hepatic Metastases)

Also called secondary liver cancer, liver metastases develop when cancer from another part of the body spreads to the liver. In the US and Europe, secondary liver cancer is 18-40 times more common than primary liver cancer (hepatoma).

Hepatoma (Hepatocellular Carcinoma)

Hepatoma is the most common type of primary liver cancer. It occurs predominantly in patients with underlying chronic liver disease - with cirrhosis accounting for 80-90% of cases.

Focal Nodular Hyperplasia Liver Lesions

Focal nodular hyperplasia liver lesions are the second most common benign liver lesion. While usually nonthreatening, differentiating focal nodular hyperplasia lesions from other liver tumors can be very difficult.

Hepatic Adenoma Liver Lesions

Hepatic adenomas are benign epithelial liver lesions. Although rare, they run the risk of malignant transformation, spontaneous hemorrhage, and rupture. Hepatic adenoma liver lesions can also be difficult to differentiate from other liver lesions, and can be mistaken for liver cancer.

Hemangioma Liver Lesions

Hemangioma liver lesions are noncancerous, abnormal masses of tangled blood vessels found in the liver. While hemangioma liver lesions themselves do not pose a threat, they do present a diagnostic challenge.