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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. Katharine Cox
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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 liver cyst and it has gone from 17mm to 25mm over the past six years, how big can it get, and will it burst, and then what would happen?

I have a liver cyst and it has gone from 17mm to 25mm over the past six years, how big can it get, and will it burst, and then what would happen?

Liver Cyst: Liver cysts are very common. They are benign. One of the complications is hemorrhage, very rare. It can cause pain if got large. Only need treatment if symptomatic from it. ...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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I have mono and my spleen is enlarged but not my liver. Can my liver it get larger overtime?

I have mono and my spleen is enlarged but not my liver. Can my liver it get larger overtime?

Not usually: Occasionally you can get hepatitis in association with epstein barr virus infection (infectious mononucleosis) but the liver is seldom enlarged even with this. ...Read more

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Im diebetic been a big drinker but i stop I have liver failure don't no the stage if i get kidney failure how long before i no & what happens then?

It is now known: That diabetics excrete enormous amounts of vitamin b1 in their urine. A derivative of thiamin (b1) is called benfotiamine and it has been reported that it prevents the complications of diabetes. You need large doses and you should ask your doc. If he is unaware of this important research it can be looked up on line. ...Read more

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Sometimes if somrthing funny happens and i burst out in a big laugh i get dizzy. Today it was a strong dizzl feeling that only lasted a minute or so.

Sometimes if somrthing funny happens and i burst out in a big laugh i get dizzy. Today it was a strong dizzl feeling that only lasted a minute or so.

Vasovagal response: This is a neurologic response to some triggering factor and is the most common cause of passing out suddenly. There are different syncope syndromes which all fall under the umbrella of vasovagal syncope. The common element among these conditions is the central mechanism leading to loss of consciousness. The differences among them are in the factors that trigger this mechanism. ...Read more

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I have too much extra copper in my body. Because of that my liver and spleen are large. What are my options.....?

I have too much extra copper in my body. Because of that my liver and spleen are large. What are my options.....?

Wilson's disease: There are chelating therapy available.....being young....your chances are better..... oral penicillamine with pyridoxine,indefinitely. Alternately, trientine. oral zinc interferes with copper absorption in gut. It is an autosomal recessive, watch with whom you shire a child....... ...Read more

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Had hida scan that showed smoothly marginated large area of photopenia involving the liver dome. Us was ok, but before hida. Should more be done?

Had hida scan that showed smoothly marginated large area of photopenia involving the liver dome. Us was ok, but before hida. Should more be done?

Radiologist: In cases like this I believe that your physician should sit down with the radiologist who interpreted your studies and ask what the different possibilities are, what further studies,if any, would be advisable and whether referral to a specialist(hepatologist or surgeon), or repeating the same study in the future are indicated.. ...Read more

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Fiancee has stage fourcirrosis liver cancer before he can get put on the trnsplnt list needshis hepc under contrl, how much time does he have really?

Fiancee has stage fourcirrosis liver cancer before he can get put on the trnsplnt list needshis hepc under contrl, how much time does he have really?

Child-Pugh score: You can look up the way to calculate this here: http://www.Mdcalc.Com/child-pugh-score-for-cirrhosis-mortality/ this will add up the numbers for you and give you a life expectancy. Some of those things can be improved through nutrition and strict compliance with medicines and doctor's advice, so help him do it! ...Read more

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