Hepatic steatosis

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 12 May 2021

Hepatic steatosis, also known as hepatosteatosis, refers to an increase of intracellular fat in the liver. It is widely mischaracterized by both radiologists and sonographers as 'fatty infiltration' but the fat is in the hepatocytes and not in the extracellular matrix. On imaging grounds, it can broadly be divided into two groups.

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Cases and figures

  • Focal hepatic steatosis
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  • Diffuse hepatic steatosis
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  • Diffuse hepatic steatosis with metastases
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  • Case 4: fatty liver: gallbladder equalization
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  • Case 5: Steatohepatitis - masslike steatosis
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