Types, Causes, Symptoms and ICD-10 Code of Fatty Liver

January 25, 2017

The second largest organ inside your body is liver. Liver has so many functions. Several of them are storing and releasing glucose as needed, clearing the blood of drugs and other harmful substances, regulating blood clotting and so many others. Besides many functions of it, there are also many kinds of liver diseases. One of them is fatty liver.

Fatty liver or also called as steatosis happens when some fat is built in the liver. Actually, having some fat in your liver is normal but having fat 5 to 10 percent of your liver weight can caused a fatty liver disease.

The International Classification of Diseases, especially the 10th version (ICD-10) classified fatty liver into a code. ICD-10 code for fatty liver is K76.0. I am sure that you have known about the ICD-10 already. The ICD-10 code for fatty liver comes from some classification such as diseases of the digestive system (K00-K93), then diseases of liver (K70-K77), and other diseases of liver (K76).

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It will not be completed if you only know about the fatty liver definition without knowing the causes, symptoms and the types of fatty liver. Here is some information for you.

The Symptoms of Fatty Liver

Mostly, fatty liver has no associated symptoms. Your liver may become slightly enlarged and the symptoms that you may experience are fatigue or vague abdominal discomfort. You may also experience some things such as having a poor appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, confusion, and weakness.

The Causes of Fatty Liver

Knowing some causes of this disease can help you to prevent it immediately. The huge case of fatty liver is caused by alcohol and heavy drinking. The others common causes of fatty liver beside alcoholism are as follow:

  • Obesity
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Diabetes
  • Side effect of certain medications

The Types of Fatty Liver

  • Alcoholic Fatty Liver

As we discussed before, most fat liver is caused by consuming alcohol. This is called as alcoholic fatty liver. You can heal it by do not drink alcohol anymore. Within six or more weeks, the fat will disappear.

  • Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver
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The ones who do not consume any alcohol also can experience fatty liver. It happens when the liver has difficulty breaking down fats.

  • Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy

This kind of fatty liver is a rare complication of pregnancy.

  • Noalcoholic Steatohepatitis

This type happens when the fat builds up enough and caused the liver to swell without consuming alcohol.

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