Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

Most commonly, children with NAFLD don’t show any symptoms. In these cases, a doctor may notice abnormal blood tests during a routine well-child check up. Some children experience right sided abdominal pain, fatigue or constipation.

During the exam, doctors may find obesity, especially a large waist area, an enlarged liver, signs of insulin resistance called acanthosis nigricans, a dark discoloration on the back of the neck and armpits, or the exam may be completely normal.