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Rady Children's Specialists

Fatty Liver Clinic


Fernando dramatically lowered his risk for fatty liver disease. Learn how.

The Fatty Liver Clinic, under the direction of Jeffrey Schwimmer, M.D., specializes in the diagnosis and management of pediatric forms of fatty liver. In children, fatty liver may be associated with genetic disorders, metabolic disorders, lipid disorders, diabetes and obesity.

Our Clinic was the first in the United States to care for children and adolescents with fatty liver disorders.

About Fatty Liver Disease

One form is known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This has become a common cause of chronic liver disease in children. Some children have a more severe form of NAFLD, known as fatty hepatitis or steatohepatitis (NASH).

The management of fatty liver begins with a careful and complete diagnosis. This includes a comprehensive medical history, physical examination and lab testing. Imaging of the liver is commonly done. In many cases a liver biopsy is performed to determine the type of fatty liver, as well as its severity.

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