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Dr. Al Hegab
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Liver Enlargement (Overview)

Liver enlargement 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 cat scan or ultrasound. This can be due to alcoholism, hepatitis viruses, inherited liver conditions, or heart failure.


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Why does kwashiorkor cause liver enlargement?

Why does kwashiorkor cause liver enlargement?

Fatty Liver: Protein-calorie malnutrition diseases may be associated with low serum Albumin (protein) and "fatty" livers...Enlarged...Because of decreased release of fats into the bloodstream to form certain types of proteins (lipoproteins). ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
75 doctors shared insights

Liver Enlargement (Overview)

Liver enlargement 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 cat scan or ultrasound. This can be due to alcoholism, hepatitis viruses, inherited liver conditions, or heart failure.


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What are some common symptoms of liver enlargement?

What are some common symptoms of liver enlargement?

Usually from reason: Enlargement itself may cause some discomfort in the right upper quadrant (under the right side of the ribcage in the front), but symptoms generally are from the reason for the liver to be enlarged in the first place, and the condition the liver is in. ...Read more

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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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What causes liver enlargement?

Are you drinking: not milk , the alcohol , drugs is the first thing doctors will ask if they find enlarged liver in 18 yr old number one cause , several others like infections of all types , poor nutrition tumors etc., If unchecked ( not corrected ) lead to serious consequences . ...Read more

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Liver enlargement, what to do now?

Aviod alcohol: Now how do you know you have liver enlargement, ultrasound or physical exam by md. Do you just feel your liver is enlarged. Are your liver blood test elevated. You need more details, in this > for us to help you. ...Read more

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Is liver enlargement bad or normal?

Is liver enlargement bad or normal?

Not normal: Not normal and could be from fat or some toxins or virus or cancer. ...Read more

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Whats the medicine given for liver enlargement?

Whats the medicine given  for liver enlargement?

Need more info: How long has it been enlarged? Do you consume a lot of alcohol, and for how long? Are there underlying liver diseases in you or family? Is there any cause for concern for an infiltrative process, significant heart disease, blood vessel or blood cell pathology? Are your liver tests abnormal, and does your liver synthesize proteins and clotting factors? Please discuss the above with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some common symptoms of liver enlargement?

Usually from reason: Enlargement itself may cause some discomfort in the right upper quadrant (under the right side of the ribcage in the front), but symptoms generally are from the reason for the liver to be enlarged in the first place, and the condition the liver is in. ...Read more

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How does liver enlargement affect a person's overall health?

How does liver enlargement affect a person's overall health?

Depends: On the cause. Liver enlarges due to back pressure of blood, infiltrative disease, fat deposit or inflammations. Depending on the cause, these may affect your health, be reversible or not. ...Read more

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Why does kwashiorkor cause liver enlargement?

Fatty Liver: Protein-calorie malnutrition diseases may be associated with low serum Albumin (protein) and "fatty" livers...Enlarged...Because of decreased release of fats into the bloodstream to form certain types of proteins (lipoproteins). ...Read more

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Which quadrant is examined to check for liver enlargement?

Right upper quadrant: The liver is in the right upper quadrant, so a liver ultrasound will focus primarily in that area, but very often additional information is gained by examining all quadrants. In the left upper quadrant, the spleen is there and may be enlarged as a result of liver disease. In the lower quadrants, free fluid, or ascites, may also give information about complications of liver disease. ...Read more

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Can stone inside the gall bllader lead to liver enlargement?

Can stone inside the gall bllader lead to liver enlargement?

Unlikely: If stones are inside the gallbladder then no , if they move out into ducts will cause along other complications , some times both may coexist in unrelated way, like a fatty liver may be associated with gall stones. ...Read more

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Liver ultrasound says that liver enlargement by 1 cm...is it a concern?

Liver ultrasound says that liver enlargement by 1 cm...is it a concern?

No: This is almost certainly normal. I course there is the entire clinical scenario to consider, and the question is best answered by the doctor that ordered the test. ...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 are the best remedy for liver enlargement and liver deficiency?

What are the best remedy for liver enlargement and liver deficiency?

Dietary changes: Liver enlargement usually means steatosis or fatty changes to the liver. You should see a gastroenterologist that specializes in hepatology, or liver disease. The first step is to find out what medicines might contribute, but usually the majority of the treatment is dietary changes and weight loss. This is often reversible. If it isn't treated it is a risk factor for future liver cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for galbladder disease to cause spleen or liver enlargement?

No: There would be no association of the gallbladder that i can think of that would cause liver damage to the point of liver enlargement, cirrhosis, or spleen enlargement. ...Read more

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Are there cancers that could cause mild liver enlargement (16.7) without focal lesions? Also mild elevated ALT. Or would cancer always show focal?

Are there cancers that could cause mild liver enlargement (16.7) without focal lesions? Also mild elevated ALT. Or would cancer always show focal?

Hepatomegaly: Hepatomegaly, or enlarged liver, is not usually a sign of liver cancer. There are many other things that can cause a large liver and an increase in the ALT. It is important to find the reason for the symptoms, to treat it before it becomes worse. You should see a gastroenterologist if you have not already. Good luck. ...Read more

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Liver enlargement, fatigue, itching, what to do?

Liver enlargement, fatigue, itching, what to do?

Call your doc: Too many possibilities, have you had elevations in your liver blood test, if not drawn, that is next. Yes liver failure can cause all of those things but so can 500 other things. Liver enlargement is diagnosed in many ways some accurate some not. This might be serious or not call you md and sort this out, and take the worry off your mind. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for Synthroid (thyroxine) to cause liver enlargement ?

Can it be possible for Synthroid (thyroxine) to cause liver enlargement ?

Yes: In a recent review of 85, 248 people taking synthroid (thyroxine) and reporting side effects, 210 of them reported enlarged liver (0.25%). It was noted to be more common in women than in men and was most common in the age group over 60. People with enlarged liver had been on synthroid (thyroxine) anywhere from 1 month to 2 years. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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