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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
Wide normal range: though usually 12-15cm. 10cm is considered on the smaller end but a lot of of it has to do with your body size and the way the measurement was taken. If the liver tissue itself was normal and your liver function tests are fine, no reason to worry. ...Read more
Certain variability: in the test based on WHERE they are measuring and ultrasound pictures are grainy and somewhat imprecise. OTHER features such as if there is STUFF IN THE LIVER (most commonly fat) would be more important in whether something bad is going on. Cancer, blood distention...bad. Fat (occurring in over 10%) not bad, but indicative of obesity in which case http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ diet ...Read more
Why are there so many normal variances for liver size? Is there not a standard measurement in the medical field?
No: Upto 15 cms is normal for r lobe. ...Read more
Gallstone: Don't worry about the gallstone unless you're having problems. Typically these are intermittent, crampy right upper abdominal pain about 30-60 minutes after eating. Sometimes its at the bottom of the breast bone, sometimes goes to the back. For the rest, ask your doctor about it. Fatty liver is very common, and not progressive. Size sounds ok, but not sure which dimension. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Within a yr period how can you have 2 diff calculations on liver size? Last yr it was 13cm from midline. Now it's 14.6cm is this enlarged? If so why?
Varies regularly: The liver is the principle organ for immediate storage of ingested carbohydrate. The liver can store upwards of 6000 Kcal as glycogen. As such, a well-fed liver can be up to 1/3 larger than when in a fasting state. However, certain conditions such as chronic inflammation related to fatty liver may cause scarring which can present as a reduction in liver size. Ask your doctor or schedule to chat. ...Read more