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A 37-year-old member asked:

will a problem in the liver cause pain in the back?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Liver & back pain?: Generally not. There is too much tissue separating the liver from the spine. The exception is a cancer, which might have a metastasis to both liver and the spine. Similarly, there are other rare infiltrative, metabolic, or disseminated infections that might involve both areas. An exception is a gall bladder problem, which hurts in the same place as the liver; it can send pain to the r shoulder bla.
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
It can: Yes, this can occur. Also, gallbladder can cause back pain. So can the pancreas and kidney stones. So can muscle spasm, rib dysfunction and a bunch of other things. See your doctor.

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