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How large can a liver get before it bursts?

How large can a liver get before it bursts?

Not a chance: Livers do not usually burst. Spleen, bowels, even your heart and lungs might. Livers may get very large and hard due to cirrhosis, cause abdominal swelling and stomach and esophagus blood vessels to enlarge and bleed, but it won't burst. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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 large can a liver get?

How large can a liver get?

17 lb: This is the biggest i've seen -- alcoholic hepatitis. I believe this was a suicide-by-alcohol. Livers containing large amounts of metastatic cancer may be similarly oversized. ...Read more

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How large does an ovarian cyst have to be before it becomes dangerous?

How large does an ovarian cyst have to be before it becomes dangerous?

Any size: It is imporant what is the cause of your cyst. For example, some cysts can rupture and bleed, twist and clot, or any size may be ovarian cancer, small ones may be treatable or curable. ...Read more

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How fast can gallstones grow? Is it possible for them to get a lot bigger or grow to a large size within a month or two?

How fast can gallstones grow? Is it possible for them to get a lot bigger or grow to a large size within a month or two?

Not likely that: Gallstones grow rapidly within a month or two. Size of stones is not as important as the symptoms they cause, however. Multiple small stones can sometimes cause more problems than single larger stone. ...Read more

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How long does it take to walk by yourself after a laparotomy to remove a large fibroid?

How long does it take to walk by yourself after a laparotomy to remove a large fibroid?

10-12 hours : Most laparotomy patients are up & walking after 10-12 hours. Most do well unassisted and it helps with recovery and helps prevent lung problems, blood clots, and bowel dysfunction. It may take 1-2 weeks before you can walk comfortably without pain meds & 4-6 weeks before you can walk as before without risk of injuring your surgical scar. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it is discovered? How fast do those things grow?

How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it is discovered?  How fast do those things grow?

Depends: It depends on the type of tumor. Some such as glioblatoma multiforme can grow very rapidly causing onset of symptoms and death within a few months. Others such as a meningioma can grow very slowly and might take decades to cause symptoms. ...Read more

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How big does a brain aneurysm have to be before they opperate on it?

5mm in most cases: It depends on the location and as well as if it has grown, but 5mm is a good cutoff that many people use while others use 7mm. ...Read more

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Does a cyst on the spleen cause people to eat a lot. How do you know if the cyst is large or small?

Does a cyst on the spleen cause people to eat a lot. How do you know if  the cyst is large or small?

No, need tests: A simple cyst in the spleen is usually without symptoms. If it does cause symptoms it would be pain, or cause a lack of appetite. The spleen can be seen and evaluated by ultrasound, or ct scan or mri. Any of those test will be able to measure the size of the cyst. ...Read more

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What does the pineal gland do and how big can a cyst on it get before surgury is needed?

What does the pineal gland do and how big can a cyst on it get before surgury is needed?

Pineal cyst: The pineal gland produces melatonin (which helps regulate sleep/wake cycles). Many pineal cysts are found incidentally. The ones that need treatment are usually the ones that cause symptoms (hydrocephalus). Some doctors would elect to follow asymptomatic cysts >10mm w/ serial imaging while others would just follow clinically. It really depends on the surgeon. ...Read more

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How big does an ovarian cyst have to get before it becomes bothersome?

How big does an ovarian cyst have to get before it becomes bothersome?

Depends on the patie: Normal ovarian cysts get to 2cm for a good ovualtion. Patient usually doesnt have much pains with these. But you may have several cysts at once and that causes pain. Large cysts around 4 and above usually cause pains. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long can you survive with a burst appendix?

How long can you survive with a burst appendix?

Depends: The course of a perforated appendix is variable and can range from the most severe and even deadly, to a relatively benign course that requires nothing more than antibiotics without surgery. The best thing to do is get checked out, a surgeon will make the best recommendations for the condition. ...Read more

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How can i stop a panic attack before it occurs and if it does occur how could I get over it fast?

How can i stop a panic attack before it occurs and if it does occur how could I get over it fast?

Get treatment: If you are having panic attacks, they may be occurring as part of panic disorder. You owe it to yourself to start a psychotherapy and your anxiety can be a focus of treatment. Depending on severity and/or treatment response there could be a role for meds also. Providing you general information about panic I think would miss the point of actually encouraging you to seek further treatment. ...Read more

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How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

Varies: Some small bowel cancers, e.g., lymphomas may cause obstruction when the size approaches the lumen diameter; others like neuroendocrine tumors are usually slow growing may cause symptoms only on producing metastases. In general tumors spend about half their life before those become clinically manifest, therefore most cancers are there for years before being detected. ...Read more

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How long can you leave a gum abscess before it gets serious?

How long can you leave a gum abscess before it gets serious?

No timetable: If your gums are abscessed, it already means its serious. ...Read more

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How long does it take a salivary cyst to get off naturally (amount if years)?

How long does it take a salivary cyst to get off naturally (amount if years)?

Mucocele: If you are referring to a mucous retention cyst of a minor salivary gland within your mouth, these are persistent, can have periods of quiescence, then re-inflame. They do not "self resolve". Patients usually accidentally bite the mucocele and further traumatize it and have secondary focal fibrous hyperplasia. Best to have it evaluated, properly identified, and if indeed mucocele - excised. ...Read more

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Will a bottle of wine a day cause cirrhosis and if so how quickly ?

Will a bottle of wine a day cause cirrhosis and if so how quickly ?

Depends: It will cause cirrhosis in only about 10% of the individuals. More risk if the person also has viral hepatitis, hemochromatosis and/or nutritional deficiencies. However drinking that much will certainly damage the brain in all drinkers. For a woman drinking during pregnancy may cause brain damage to the fetus as well. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cirrhosis/basics/definition/con-20031617 ...Read more

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How can I prevent the flu before it becomes serious?

How can I prevent the flu before it becomes serious?

Prevention: The only way to prevent it is through vaccination and good hygiene. Once you get the flu, good supportive measures help a bit, like hydration. Anti-viral medication is rarely needed. ...Read more

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How likely is it for broken ribs to puncture a lung? And if they do, how long does the person have before they die?

How likely is it for broken ribs to puncture a lung? And if they do, how long does the person have before they die?

2 questions: Not very likely that ribs puncture lungs when they are broken in typical situation (non-trauma). When or if they do, the person just doesn't die, air goes into the chest cavity and is usually picked up then because under the skin, will feel like sandpaper. Hours and days could go by. However, if so much air goes into chest or even heart, person could decompensate quick-minutes. ...Read more

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How long can a ruptured testicle stay in the scrotum before dissolving or causing infection? Would it cause infection and if so how seriouse

How long can a ruptured testicle stay in the scrotum before dissolving or causing infection? Would it cause infection and if so how seriouse

Not ruptured: A ruptured or torsioned testicle is a medical emergency. Local changes may persist lifelong after trauma. Most men have testicular asymmetry and your changes may be just a normal variant. If any other symptoms or issues I would suggest that you bring it up at your next office visit. An ultrasound as deemed appropriate by your doc may help. ...Read more

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How large can a liver get before it bursts?

Not a chance: Livers do not usually burst. Spleen, bowels, even your heart and lungs might. Livers may get very large and hard due to cirrhosis, cause abdominal swelling and stomach and esophagus blood vessels to enlarge and bleed, but it won't burst. ...Read more