Diffuse hepatic steatosis

Case contributed by David Puyó


Medical check without symptoms

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Female

CT Abdomen

The liver is diffusely decreased in density (less than 40 HU)

Case Discussion

Hepatic steatosis is a very common condition in patients who undergo medical checkups, easily diagnosed by ultrasound, CT and MRI. It is mainly associated with obesity, resistance to insulin and alcohol abuse. 

This entity may have different manifestations in imaging studies, some of which may lead to unnecessary procedures, therefore it is very important that the radiologist is acquainted with these.

 In NHCT, the liver parenchymal density must be less than 40 Hounsfield Units , and / or have a density of 10 HU less than the spleen

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Case information

rID: 22276
Published: 24th Mar 2013
Last edited: 20th Feb 2016
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