Dr. Ruchit Patel is a young and dynamic Gastroenterologist practicing in Mumbai. He has an experience of more than 6 years in the treatment of numerous disorders of liver, gall bladder, abdomen, and pancreas.
He has completed his MBBS and MD degree in Medicine from the prestigious Dr. D.Y. Patil College, Navi Mumbai which has produced many eminent doctors. It was followed by pursuing a DM degree in Gastroenterology from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur Chennai.
He is a meticulous doctor and keeps a thorough follow-up of all the patients who consult him. He is up to date with all the new nuances in the field of Gastroenterology . He has special interest in advanced endoscopy and therapeutic endoscopic procedures and also his field of interest is in managing patients with liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatitis.
Fatty liver disease is the build-up of excess fat in the liver cells. It affects about one in every 10 people. It is normal for the liver to contain some fat, but if fat accounts for more than 10 per cent of the liver’s weight, then you have fatty liver and you may develop more serious complications.
Fatty liver may cause no damage, but sometimes the excess fat leads to inflammation of the liver. This condition, called steatohepatitis, does cause liver damage. Sometimes, inflammation from a fatty liver is linked to alcohol abuse. This is known as alcoholic steatohepatitis. Otherwise, the condition is called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a very common disorder and refers to a group of conditions where there is an accumulation of excess fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol. The liver cells swell up due to deposition of fat and liver is enlarged is size and is bright on echotexture on an ultrasonography examination. Individuals with this condition are labeled as having a fatty liver. In a small percentage of people fat leads to oxidative damage to the liver called as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Long standing NASH leads to increased liver stiffness called fibrosis which when advanced causes permanent end stage liver disease called cirrhosis.
The majority of individuals with NAFLD have no symptoms and a normal examination. Fatty liver is most of the times incidentally detected when getting an ultrasound examination for some other cause or if the liver function tests (SGOT/SGPT) on a routine annual examination are abnormal. Some persons may complain of a dull right sided upper abdominal pain due to the stretch of the liver capsule in fatty liver.