Fatty liver disease is sometimes called a silent liver disease. This is because it can happen without causing any symptoms. Most people with NAFLD live with fat in their liver without getting liver damage. A few people who have fat in their liver develop NASH.
If you have NASH, you may have symptoms. But it could take years for them to show up. Sometimes liver damage from NASH causes long-term (permanent) scarring and hardening of your liver. This is called cirrhosis.
Symptoms from NASH may include:
NASH that turns into cirrhosis
could cause symptoms such as retaining extra fluid, internal bleeding, muscle wasting,
and confusion. People with cirrhosis over time may develop liver failure and need a
liver transplant. They are at risk of liver cancer.