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Link between Hepatitis B infection and fatty liver
Dec 21, 2008

Hello Dr McGovern,

I have a question regarding the relationship between chronic Hep B infection and fatty liver. Do inaction carriers tend to develop fatty liver more easily than people without the infection? Or is fatty liver mostly caused by the patient's diet and lifestyle? I am asking this question because my doctor told me that liver damages from HBV and fatty liver stack up, turning otherwise insignificant liver imflammation to moderate imflammation. It is important to prevent fatty liver if already infected by HBV or HCV.


Response from Dr. McGovern

I think your physician was suggesting that you may have two different types of liver diseases - hepatitis B and fatty liver disease.

Hepatitis C can directly cause fatty liver - particularly genotype 3. Hepatitis B is not directly linked to fatty liver.

You are right that host factors may cause fatty liver - such as obesity, high cholesterol or triglycerides or diabetes.

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