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Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Enlarged Liver (Overview)

Hepatomegaly, otherwise known as an enlarged liver, is a clinical finding in which the liver is found to be larger than is normal, either by the physical exam from a physician or by imaging such as CT scan or ultrasound. This can be due to alcoholism, hepatitis viruses, inherited liver conditions, or heart failure.


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What causes an enlarged liver?

What causes an enlarged liver?

Usually fatty liver: The most common cause of an enlarged liver is fatty liver, which can be caused by obesity, diabetes, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, and hyperlipidemia. Large liver can also be due to cysts, benign and malignant tumors, and congestion related to right-sided heart failure. Rare causes include blood disorders, thyroid disease, and bile duct obstruction. There are many other possible causes. ...Read more

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Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Enlarged Liver (Overview)

Hepatomegaly, otherwise known as an enlarged liver, is a clinical finding in which the liver is found to be larger than is normal, either by the physical exam from a physician or by imaging such as CT scan or ultrasound. This can be due to alcoholism, hepatitis viruses, inherited liver conditions, or heart failure.


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Is there a good treatment for hepatomegaly / liver enlargement?

Is there a good treatment for hepatomegaly / liver enlargement?

Find the cause: One needs to first know the cause of the hepatomegaly before embarking on a treatment. Talk with your family doctor, internist, or liver specialist first. ...Read more

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How can you test yourself for a enlarged liver?

How can you test yourself for a enlarged liver?

U can check liver: Enlargement by doing an ultrasound, ct scan or MRI and sometimes by physical exam, feeling or palpating the lower edge of the liver with the finger tips. Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/enlarged-liver-causes. ...Read more

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What are consequences of an enlarged liver?

Numerous: It depends on the cause. It may change the way medications are processed. It may cause abnormalities in blood tests. It may impair metabolism of sugar and fats. It may eventually fail and change to scar tissue. ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

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Can having gallstones cause enlarged liver? I feel something firm to the left of where I thought it ended.

Can having gallstones cause enlarged liver? I feel something firm to the left of where I thought it ended.

No.: Generally speaking, neither the gallbladder nor the liver should be palpable in the absence of significant disease. If you feel an abdominal mass, i suggest that you make an appointment to see your primary care physician for a formal examination. ...Read more

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Does a borderline enlarged liver with mild fatty infiltration mean that its inflammed?

Does a borderline enlarged liver with mild fatty infiltration mean that its inflammed?

Maybe....: You've asked a number of questions to healthtap recently regarding the subject of "fatty liver." fatty liver is common in america (about 1/4 adult population), is typically seen in association with obesity, high cholesterol, alcohol excess, and diabetes. Distinguish steatosis (normal liver function tests and no inflammation) versus steatohepatitis (elevated liver functions with inflammation). ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged liver?

Usually fatty liver: The most common cause of an enlarged liver is fatty liver, which can be caused by obesity, diabetes, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, and hyperlipidemia. Large liver can also be due to cysts, benign and malignant tumors, and congestion related to right-sided heart failure. Rare causes include blood disorders, thyroid disease, and bile duct obstruction. There are many other possible causes. ...Read more

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What is n.A.S.H.? How is it treated? Can it be reversed? How? I am diabetic, no gallblader, CT shows enlarged liver splee215lbs 5ft 8in. & gallbladder

What is n.A.S.H.? How is it treated? Can it be reversed? How? I am diabetic, no gallblader, CT shows enlarged liver splee215lbs 5ft 8in. & gallbladder

Fatty Liver: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (nash). Stop alcohol if any. Control diabetes. Reduce fatty foods (eat low 25 to 50 gm fats per day) . Lower carbs. Exercise 5 days a week daily for 30 mins each. You need 1, 735 calories/day to lose 1 kg per week. You should take 185 (40%) - 347 (75%) grams of carbohydrate for your energy needs. (55% = 255 grams, 65% = 301 grams). ...Read more

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Is there a good treatment for hepatomegaly / liver enlargement?

Find the cause: One needs to first know the cause of the hepatomegaly before embarking on a treatment. Talk with your family doctor, internist, or liver specialist first. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a patient developed an enlarged liver after taking a drug?

Many ideas: It may well be unrelated. If the heart or lungs fail, the liver tends to enlarge because of extra blood. Acute drug hepatitis would usually render the person jaundiced as well. ...Read more

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Is hockey ok to play after an enlarged liver from mono?

Is hockey ok to play after an enlarged liver from mono?

When it resolves: Participation in all sports should be avoided if a patient has enlarged liver from infectious mononucleosis. When the enlargement has resolved, full activity may be resumed. Acute rupture of an enlarged spleen poses a higher risk than the liver. This usually resolves in a little over a month and the patient must be evaluated and cleared by a physician prior to returning to activity. ...Read more

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Morbidly obese. Getting work up for vsg surgery and liver is enlarged but blood work ok. Can obesity cause enlarged liver?

Morbidly obese. Getting work up for vsg surgery and liver is enlarged but blood work ok. Can obesity cause enlarged liver?

Enlarged liver: Yes. Actually, nearly all obese patients have fatty liver or an enlarged liver. So that finding is expected. It will shrink down in size once you have surgery and lose weight though. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged liver?

Usually fatty liver: The most common cause of an enlarged liver is fatty liver, which can be caused by obesity, diabetes, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, and hyperlipidemia. Large liver can also be due to cysts, benign and malignant tumors, and congestion related to right-sided heart failure. Rare causes include blood disorders, thyroid disease, and bile duct obstruction. There are many other possible causes. ...Read more

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How can you reduce an enlarged liver?

Remove the agent: That is the cause of this. Sometimes possible and sometimes not. Depends on your diagnosis and personal data. ...Read more

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If I have an enlarged liver will I die?

If I have an enlarged liver will I die?

Not necessarily: To better answer your question, one needs to know why it is enlarged. Many enlarged livers have no symptoms and may not cause death. Any enlarged liver is more susceptible to trauma like in a car accident and can be ruptured from that trauma which can leave to internal bleeding/death but i think i'd be more worried about why it is enlarged than that! ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged liver nflammtion?

What causes an enlarged liver nflammtion?

Depends: Inflammation of the liver can be due to a number of causes like fatty liver disease (very common now a days) or from viral hepatitis, metabolic causes, alcohol, autoimmune disorders, medications, etc. Without knowing more, i would seek consultation from a liver specialist to discuss further on what the next steps are. Simple lab tests along with a detailed history can help aid with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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