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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

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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How can I tell if my liver or spleen is swollen?

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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If liver was swollen would I be able to tell? What blood test do doctors look at for liver problems?

If liver was swollen would I be able to tell? What blood test do doctors look at for liver problems?

It depends on: How swollen. You will probably have pain in right upper abdomen under ribs if you have enough swelling. Blood tests for liver problems is usually liver function panel, sometimes GGT and prothrombin time. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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Is hepatomegaly just a swollen liver?

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

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I am tired already after getting up, feel like my body is swollen and have wind colic. Could this be liver problem? What should I do?

I am tired already after getting up, feel like my body is swollen and have wind colic. Could this be liver problem? What should I do?

Diet: It sounds as though you are succumbing to chronic fatigue syndrome that, in my experience is due to high calorie malnutrition, too many empty calories, particularly sugar, ice cream, pop etc also caffeine can do this. Sharpen up on your diet and what you do when watchng tv etc. ...Read more

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How would I know if my liver/spleen was swollen if I have mono?

Mono: Having your doctor perform a physical examination and palpating the areas. If concerns arose, imaging could be undertaken. ...Read more

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She has went to the dr and he said it could be from liver because all bloodwork is good. Sending her to a liver dr but he d k why hands swollen?

Liver disease: Swelling in the extremities is common in liver disease. The amount of proteins in the blood diminish in liver disease. This lack of proteins means more fluids leak into the tissues. Your doctor is right on with this next step. ...Read more

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I am 20 and have liver damage and swollen spleen, what to do?

I am 20 and have liver damage and swollen spleen, what to do?

Find the cause: Especially if liver disease is giving you a big spleen, you need to insist that your physician give you a scientific explanation. Get educated about this -- it may be life and death for you. ...Read more

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My dad drinks almost everyday, his face is all swollen up today-- is this a sign of liver damage?

My dad drinks almost everyday, his face is all swollen up today-- is this a sign of liver damage?

Too much fluid: No, it's a sign that he has too much fluid in his body. If he quits drinking, his body will get rid of it naturally. If you are worried he may have a drinking problem, talk to somebody you feel is safe. ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel if my spleen and liver are swollen?

Yes: However, you should take general precautions to avoid the risk of a DVT (deep venous thrombosis, or clot formation) by getting up and walking every two hours, especially if you are overweight, smoke, use birth control pills, have cancer or a history of dvt. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mono, how do I know if my liver/spleen is swollen?

Found on exam: If you know how to look for it the liver edge can be detected below its normal position and the spleen could be felt on the left side of the abdomen. I know of few people who could realistically judge either on themselves. The physician can determine this on physical exam or ultrasound. ...Read more

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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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The last 2 days I've been experiencing pain on my right sight around my liver n gallbladder. It is swollen. There is now small bruise in that area.

The last 2 days I've been experiencing pain on my right sight around my liver n gallbladder. It is swollen. There is now small bruise in that area.

Right sided abdomina: Liver and/or gall bladder problems would not cause a bruise to form on the abdominal wall unless there was marked pressure on this area during an examination. Is there a history of some injury to your right upper abdominal muscles? Nevertheless in view of your persistent symptoms, you should be examined by a physician who will order any appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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About ten years ago, my gall bladder was removed. Now my liver seems to feel swollen. I have been diagnosed with fatty liver. What can I do?

About ten years ago, my gall bladder was removed. Now my liver seems to feel swollen. I have been diagnosed with fatty liver. What can I do?

Lose weight: If that is all that is going on, lose weight. However are you sure that is the extent of the problem? Have you seen a specialist GI with an interest in hepatology (will likely be a member of aasld) or a hepatologist? ...Read more

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Swollen liver, spleen, weight loss unable to eat?

Swollen liver, spleen, weight loss unable to eat?

Without knowing: More about this situation I would simply tell you to go and see your doctor as soon as you can..... ...Read more

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What to do if I have cirrhosis of the liver and my right side is sore and seems to be a bit swollen. What could be wrong?

What to do if I have cirrhosis of the liver and my right side is sore and seems to be a bit swollen. What could be wrong?

Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is a serious non reversible end stage form of liver disease. Talk with your doctor on your options for treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have cirrhosis of the liver and my right side is sore and seems to be a bit swollen. What could be wrong?

What do you suggest if I have cirrhosis of the liver and my right side is sore and seems to be a bit swollen. What could be wrong?

Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is a serious disorder and you should be under the care of a physician rather than trying to diagnose or treat yourself. ...Read more

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Hi feet are swollen he did some text which shows his liver and pancreas are swellon. What can I do for now he have more text to do.

Hi feet are swollen he did some text which shows his liver and pancreas are swellon. What can I do for now he have more text to do.

Liver: There is not enough information here, sounds like you have swelling with enlarged Liver. The cause of the Liver enlargement needs to be determined. Alcohol can often affect the liver and pancreas, but that doesn't explain your swelling. Best to talk to the MD that ordered these test. ...Read more

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Regarding my 5yr old with high liver levels, her glands on neck are swollen and so is her the glands on her groin, wcc was 22 but is down back to 11?

Regarding my 5yr old with high liver levels, her glands on neck are swollen and so is her the glands on her groin, wcc was 22 but is down back to 11?

Helps a little: I answered your previous question about your daughter. Knowing glands are enlarged helps a little, makes me think more towards an acute infection mononucleosis, but still not enough information about her history and exam to really say much. Is there a reason her doctors aren't saying anything to you about what they think? They are really best situated to give you a full assessment of her condition ...Read more

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I am not an overweight person, yet my stomache is almost always swollen, lately. Why would that be? I have just been told, that after my mri, it looks like a spot in my liver has grown by 11/2 CM in 6month and there is a possibillity that it could be canc

I am not an overweight person, yet my stomache is almost always swollen, lately. Why would that be? I have just been told, that after my mri, it looks like a spot in my liver has grown by 11/2 CM in 6month and there is a possibillity that it could be canc

This: This is very likely the cause of your abdominal distention. Besides the enlarged liver, you likely have ascites, which is a fluid build up due to increased pressure in the liver, this fluid accumulates within the abdominal cavity, causing pressure, discomfort in addition to the distention. While diuretic medications, which increase urine excretion, such as lasix, (furosemide) can be used to reduce the fluid build up, occasionally, the fluid will need to be tapped off, called a paracentesis.

The culprit here though is the liver mass. Unfortunately, it is likely malignant, given the rate of increased size. If you have any prior history of liver disease, such as hepatitis b, hepatitis c, chronic alcohol use, you are at increased risk for liver cancer, called hepatocellular carcinoma. You should see a liver surgeon, called a hepatobiliary surgeon, who can assess the prognosis and options for treatment. If the imaging clearly suggests that this is a liver cancer, then a biopsy is not always indicated. If possible, liver resection should be considered, this may be facilitated by the use of trans-arterial chemotherapy (tace), therasphere, or stereotactic radiotherapy (sbtr). I suggest that you see a specialist, perhaps at the university of hawaii (surgeon there is linda wong), who can get you evaluated. Please tell her that dr. John fung recommended you to be seen there, it may help you cut through some red-tape.

Good luck. ...Read more