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Fatty liver disease: Fetor hepaticus 'breath of the dead' could indicate your risk

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There are other tests to check for fatty liver disease like ultrasounds. But ultrasounds aren’t very good for overweight or elderly people – the majority of people affected by liver disease, Dr O’Hara added.

“So, they’re also not great, so the definitive way to diagnose liver disease is by biopsy and a biopsy is invasive, expensive and obviously you don’t want to be having a biopsy if you can help it.

“But at the moment for cirrhosis that’s really, you’re really got to end up having a biopsy done.

“So, we will be looking at breath as a diagnostic sample instead of blood or using ultrasound as there is information contained within the breath.

“We know there must be something in it because of this fetor hepaticus and if we can identify what they are then you would have a chance of looking back into the bio-chemical processes in the body to see what it is that’s going wrong.”



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