Table 1

 Differential diagnosis of steatosis

General/nutritional
Acute systemic disease
Acute starvation
Protein calorie malnutrition
Total parenteral nutrition
Inflammatory bowel disease
Coeliac disease
Mauriac syndrome
Infections
Hepatitis C
Metabolic
Cystic fibrosis
Wilson’s disease
α antitrypsin deficiency
Galactosaemia
Fructosaemia
Cholesterol ester storage (Wolman) disease
Glycogen storage disease
Mitochondrial and peroxisomal defects of fatty acid oxidation
Lipodystrophies
Abetalipoproteinaemia
Weber-Christian disease
Schwachman syndrome
Drug toxicity
Amiodarone
Methotrexate
Prednisolone
L-asparaginase, methorexate
Vitamin A
Valproate
Tamoxifen
Zidovudine and anti-HIV treatments
Ethanol
Ecstasy