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Doctor insights on: How Can You Reduce An Enlarged Liver

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Dr. Michael Borookhim Dr. Borookhim
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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How can you reduce an enlarged liver?

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.

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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


Dr. Mankanwal Sachdev Dr. Sachdev
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
18 years in practice
North Maharashtra University Sri Bhausaheb Hire Government Med Coll
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Can the size of an enlarged liver ever be reduced?

Can the size of an enlarged liver ever be reduced?

Depends: If the cause is due to a fatty liver, then reduction in the amount of fat (by taking away the cause) can lead to a smaller liver.

Dr. Sandra Pinkham Dr. Pinkham
Holistic Medicine
49 years in practice
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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I have been diagnosed with pld, anything I can take to reduce enlarged liver and cysts?

I have been diagnosed with pld, anything I can take to reduce enlarged liver and cysts?

Lower estrogen: This is linked to a gene that affects cell signalling. It may be influenced by cadmium which itself interacts with estrogen. In the perimenopausal period there are swings in estrogen. Iodine is one potential blocker, vit e succinate, a low fat, high vegetable diet, with lots of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Eating 6 meals, relaxing, and moving, taking enough vit d may help.

Dr. Marc Jacobson MD. Dr. Jacobson MD.
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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"Enlarged liver w/fatty infiltration" per ultrasound. Diet in progress; will it reverse the enlargement or reduce fat infiltration? Long term impact?

"Enlarged liver w/fatty infiltration" per ultrasound. Diet in progress; will it reverse the enlargement or reduce fat infiltration? Long term impact?

It could.: I have certainly seen patients with evidence of fatty liver reverse the condition with diet and exercise induced weight loss, particularly when the waist circumference is reduced. Fatty liver whether NAFLD or NASH are potentially serious conditions which can lead to cirrhosis.

Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia Dr. Manzarbeitia
Surgery
35 years in practice
Universidad Mariano Galvez De Guatemala
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Causes for enlarged liver?

Causes for enlarged liver?

Various: Inflammation (hepatitis, other infections), infiltration (fatty liver, storage diseases) or lesions in liver (tumors).

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb Dr. Gottlieb
Internal Medicine
44 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett Dr. Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
38 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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!

Dr. Robert Rahimi Dr. Rahimi
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
5 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Angelica Balingit Dr. Balingit
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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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.

Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia Dr. Manzarbeitia
Surgery
35 years in practice
Universidad Mariano Galvez De Guatemala
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What are the symptoms of an enlarged liver?

Usually: Just pressure under the right ribs from dissension of the liver capsule, by itself. Can mimic pain from gallbladder disease. Other symptoms depend on the cause of the enlarged liver.

Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam Dr. Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Madurai Kamaraj University Medical College
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What happens if you have an enlarged liver?

What happens if you have an enlarged liver?

Depends on cause.: Pain rt upper abdomen, gen. Weakness and fatigue as liver is the metabolic factory of body involved in biochemical reactions involving carbos, proteins, fats.Alcohol related dz-can progress to cirrhois-scarring of liver and congestion of veins from backlog related to liver, with rupture of veins, blood loss through esophageal veins, cancer can develop in both alcohol related and non alcohol related dz.

Dr. Victor Bonuel Dr. Bonuel
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Far Eastern University, Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation
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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.

Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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How long will it take to shrink an enlarged liver?

How long will it take to shrink an enlarged liver?

Ask for MELD score: Knowing your meld score may address your concern as to how badly damaged your liver may be and how urgently you need further intervention (e.g. Expectation of recovery with conservative treatment or not). Hepatomegaly (enlarged liver) is caused by a host of benign/reversible conditions and many that lead to irreversible injury). If drinking a lot of alcohol, would curtail use now for a start.

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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can servere coughing for weeks give you enlarged liver?

No: The cough---no. The cause of the cough could also be causing liver problems. Ask your doctor.

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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What can lead to, or is associated with Enlarged liver?

What can lead to, or is associated with Enlarged liver?

The following cause or are associated with Enlarged liver:: Adenocarcinoma, Alcoholic liver disease, Amyloidosis, Ascariasis, Autoimmune hepatitis, Biliary atresia, Biliary cirrhosis, Carcinoid syndrome, Cholangiocarcinoma, Congestive heart failure, Q fever, Ehrlichiosis, Erythema multiforme, Essential thrombocytosis, Extrapulmonary tuberculosis, Felty syndrome, Hairy cell leukemia, Hepatic encephalopathy, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatoma, Leishmaniasis, Leptospirosis, Liver abscess, Liver failure, Metabolic syndrome, Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes, Myelodysplastic syndrome, Non Hodgkin's lymphoma, Pancreatic cancer, Polycystic kidney disease, Psittacosis, Reye Syndrome, Rocky mountain spotted fever, Sarcoidosis, Squamous cell cancer, Tape worm infection, Trichinellosis, Tricuspid stenosis, Type 1 glycogen storage disease, Typhoid fever, Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, Wilms tumor, ozpan, Mono, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, Cutaneous T cell lymphoma, Dubin Johnson syndrome, Graft versus host disease, Mycobacterium avium intracellulare, Hepatitis, Diastolic.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: Enlarged liver?

What is the definition or description of: Enlarged liver?

Enlarged liver: Increasing size (over-sized) of the glandular organ in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Should I be concerned if my hubby's having a enlarged liver. Is this a disease?

Should I be concerned if my hubby's having a enlarged liver. Is this a disease?

Yes indeed: Some guys have an extra lobe to the liver that makes it feel big. Emphysema patients have their liver pushed low by their lungs, making it seem big. Otherwise, we need to find the cause. Anything from alcohol to lack of exercise / nash / prediabetes to chronic hepatitis to hemochromatosis to (don't miss this) wilson's to some others.

Dr. You Sung Sang Dr. Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
27 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Thought with an enlarged liver, why does my left side hurt instead of my right side?

2 reasons: First, a enlarged liver can actually involve the left side too if it gets very big. Secondly, sometimes the spleen also swells when the liver enlarges - and this is on your left side. See your doctor just to be sure everything is ok.

Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Enlarged Liver (Definition)

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 ...Read more