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What causes a swollen liver?

What causes a swollen liver?

Swollen liver: The liver can become enlarged because of being diseased (either from toxins such as meds or alcohol), or can be enlarged secondary to other organ disease such as congestive heart failure. It is never a normal situation. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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I have a bruise on my arm that's growing, what could cause this? My liver is swollen.

I have a bruise on my arm that's growing, what could cause this? My liver is swollen.

Be seen: An expanding bruise is an expanding bleed under the skin. If your liver is not working properly to make blood coagulation proteins, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Friend 45 yr old ultrasound swollen spleen pancreas and liver blood work fine liver area hurts what are the possibilities of cause?

Friend 45 yr old ultrasound swollen spleen pancreas and liver blood work fine liver area hurts what are the possibilities of cause?

Possibly from liver: If there is splenomegaly, one cause would be congested blood backing up from the liver venous circulation. The GI or hepatologist need to be involved to find the cause, benign or from other causes need to ruled out. Blood work may not show causes but a team with radiologist, internist, gastroenterologist need to look at your friend in the whole to evaluate causes and recommend course of action ...Read more

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16 month childs liver enzymes were at 700, now risen to 1680 in 3 weeks. Other symptoms: failure to thrive (onset at 4 months), persistent swollen lymph nodes and recently petechaie. Possible causes?

16 month childs liver enzymes were at 700, now risen to 1680 in 3 weeks. Other symptoms: failure to thrive (onset at 4 months), persistent swollen lymph nodes and recently petechaie. Possible causes?

Coagulation issues: Petechiae are because of the lac of the coagulation factors produced be the liver and thrombocytopenia - low platelet counts- because of the enlarged spleen.....if you check INR in lab tests....you will see it is high.....and the platelet counts are low as well ...Read more

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Left foot is always mildly swollen but swells up a lot when drinking beer. What could be the cause? Liver and kidney blood tests were fine.

Left foot is always mildly swollen but swells up a lot when drinking beer. What could be the cause? Liver and kidney blood tests were fine.

Dilation of veins: Most likely you are fine and the swelling is just due to dilation of the veins in the leg and is caused by alcohol. But if its painful, you drink more than 5 drinks/day, you have protein in your urine (your doc may have checked a urinalysis) or you have had any injuries to your left leg then you may need to be seen and have someone look a little deeper. ...Read more

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40yr lady complain pain lt lumber u/s show swollen bowel loop, faty infiltratd liver fibroid uterus, kidney contain concretion, what is cause n management?

40yr lady complain pain lt lumber u/s show swollen bowel loop, faty infiltratd liver fibroid uterus, kidney contain concretion, what is cause n management?

Multiple issues: Swollen bowel loop--i don't understand description but this could be diverticulosis or an ileum.
Fatty liver: chronic condition associated with obesity and diabetes, can cause cirrhosis over time.
Fibroid uterus: common in 40 year old women
kidney concretion: I have no idea but maybe this is calcium deposited in the kidney.
No 1 diagnosis puts all of these together. You need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes swollen feet, legs, calves, thighs, groin, stomach, liver for 4 months?

What causes swollen feet, legs, calves, thighs, groin, stomach, liver for 4 months?

How exactly: Would you know your liver is swollen? You should see your internist! Swelling all over like that needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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6wks postpartum. Past 4days my hands have been swollen. My arms and feet ache. Recent bloodwork showed good liver and kidneys. Causes? Tests to do?

6wks postpartum. Past 4days my hands have been swollen. My arms and feet ache. Recent bloodwork showed good liver and kidneys. Causes? Tests to do?

Need more info...: Is the swelling of arms and feet even & symmetrical? Do you have short of breath? . .. more? These may help suspect if you may have developed a local/regional of extremities or systemic diseases of heart or kidneys including postpartum nephrotic syndrome, which requires blood cholesteral, creatinine, BUN, protein, . and urine protein, etc. Said the least. More? Ask treating doctor timely. ...Read more

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What causes a swollen abdomen in older women?

What causes a swollen abdomen in older women?

Intestines uterus: As we age there is less muscle and our intestines and other organs can seem to protrude. Also, the elderly can sometimes appear to be swollen due to constipation and women can have a prominent lower abdomen due to a large uterus or fibroids. Other reasons include hernias of the belly button or from a previous incision on the belly. ...Read more

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What causes a swollen pimple on right side of abdomen?

What causes a swollen pimple on right side of abdomen?

"Swollen pimple": If a little red raised bump on your body you initially thought was a pimple starts to swell, it may be a signs of an infection, especially if there is associated redness & tenderness. These may progress to more advanced infections. After you are examined, your doctor will be able to decide on specific treatments, such as antibiotics or incision & drainage. These are easier to treat if done soon. ...Read more

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What would cause a swollen abdomen only in the evening?

What would cause a swollen abdomen only in the evening?

Fatty food/gallstone: Intermittent swelling of your abdomen may be related to fatty foods and gallstones. Dinner is usually the highest fat meal. Fat triggers gallbladder to squeeze, empty its load of digestive bile into your GI tract. If you have gallstones, dietary fat triggers an abnormal system and bloating/swelling occur. Ultrasound can be diagnostic. Others causes: constipation, gastric bloat, mass. ...Read more

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3 hours into sleep II wake up with sob and abdomen swollen and right up under my ribs. After standing up for 5 minutes it goes back to normal. Cause?

3 hours into sleep II wake up with sob and abdomen swollen and right up under my ribs. After standing up for 5 minutes it goes back to normal. Cause?

You need to c ur: Primary care doc or a cardiologist. It sounds like you may be having episodes of paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea. This is a heart condition that causes s o b after lying down for a few hours. Go in today. ...Read more

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Can a UTI cause a swollen lower abdomen?

Can a UTI cause a swollen lower abdomen?

Not usually. . .: Uti = urinary tract infection, which is either bladder or kidney. All include frequent burning urination w/sense of urgency. Kidney infections add fever & one-sided back pain to above. Swollen belly is not part of definition. Go see your doctor if you think you might a UTI which needs antibiotics to be cured. ...Read more

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What causes pain on left side of abdomen, back pain, cramps and swollen abdomen?

What causes pain on left side of abdomen, back pain, cramps and swollen abdomen?

Constipation: Constipation can present with these symptoms but so can several other medical conditions. Would recommend you see your physician for evaluation. Diverticulitis, a potentially serious common colon infection, and colon cancer should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Are swollen lymphnodes in abdomen and pelvis cause for concern if they remain swollen for weeks?

Are swollen lymphnodes in abdomen and pelvis cause for concern if they remain swollen for weeks?

Yes: Yes if persistent. Especially if they are associated with symptoms such as fever, night sweat, weight loss, etc and no other causes to explain. In the younger age group, germ cell tumors can also be a possibility. Of course, they are many benign reasons. My point is that persistent swollen lymph node is a concern and should be evaluated by doctor. ...Read more

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Can gallstones cause abdomen tenderness, & rib to feel swollen & feel bruised & stabbing pain? Also can you feel it swollen?

Can gallstones cause abdomen tenderness, & rib to feel swollen & feel bruised & stabbing pain? Also can you feel it swollen?

It may: Gall stones can possibly block the duct and cause pain which can be referred to the rib area, and swelling of the abdominal area in the mid-epigastric and the right upper quadrant. Get eval if you have these symptoms with known gall stones. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What could cause a noticeably swollen abdomen, fever, shortness of breath, pain over my left shoulder, and dizzy spells.?

Coulld be serious: Fevers, abdominal distension and shortness of breath may represent a dangerous abdominal process. The shoulder pain might be from diaphragm irritation. This should be evaluated by a physician asap. To include imaging such as a ct scan. ...Read more

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What does liver feel like if swollen?

What does liver feel like if swollen?

It depends: Most of the time there are no symptoms at all. Because a swollen liver can stretch the liver capsule, sometimes people will feel an achiness or a fullness on the right side (where the liver sits). ...Read more

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How can you tell if liver is swollen?

How can you tell if liver is swollen?

Exam and labs: If by swelling you mean enlarged, a physician should ne able to detect it. When in doubt, bloodwork and imaging studies like ultrasound and/or ct scanning will confirm the diagnosis of liver enlargement. However, the liver can be inflammed without being significantly swollen, so a doctors visit is strongly recommended. ...Read more

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What should I eat to reduce my swollen liver?

What should I eat to reduce my swollen liver?

Swollen liver: We would need to know what it is swollen from before offering appropriate assistance to you. If you have a fatty liver from obesity, you need to work with a dietician and or nutritionist to devise a weight loss program. Exercise, in that case, would be part of an overall comprehensive program. Repost with more details so someone can assist you. ...Read more

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What can happen when there is a swollen liver?

What can happen when there is a swollen liver?

Illness: A swollen liver would need to be evaluated for an underlying illness. ...Read more

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I have a drink once every week usually quite a few and now it's feels like my liver is swollen laying on my side is uncomfy and I can feel fullness?

I have a drink once every week usually quite a few and now it's feels like my liver is swollen laying on my side is uncomfy and I can feel fullness?

I think: You are CONCERNED about how much you are drinking! Are you describing BINGE drinking?? How many are "quite a few"????? However the liver is usually not enlarged by binge drinking (It can develop "fatty changes" but these are reversible if you do not drink in between bijnges. BINGES are unhealthy for a LOT of reasons!
Talk this over with your PCP ASAP (Primary Care Provider)
Good Luck Z ...Read more

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Is hepatomegaly just a swollen liver?

Enlarged: Hepatomegaly means enlarged liver, not necessarily swollen. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my liver or spleen is swollen?

Physical exam: Perhaps the best place to start with determining if your liver or spleen is enlarged or abnormal is with a physical examination from a skilled provider such as a primary care physician. Such a person can take a history from you and then examine your body. If after that, there are questions left unanswered, imaging studies such as an ultrasound and/or a few lab tests might be helpful. ...Read more

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What can I do to heal my swollen anles. My liver, kidneys are good?

Depends on cause: Most common reason is venous insufficiency. Elevation, compression stockings usually work well. Some doctors prescribe "water pills". However, an examination and evaluation is needed to rule out other possibilities. ...Read more