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What are consequences of an enlarged liver?

What are consequences of an enlarged liver?

Numerous: It depends on the cause. It may change the way medications are processed. It may cause abnormalities in blood tests. It may impair metabolism of sugar and fats. It may eventually fail and change to scar tissue. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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Causes for enlarged liver?

Causes for enlarged liver?

Various: Inflammation (hepatitis, other infections), infiltration (fatty liver, storage diseases) or lesions in liver (tumors). ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged liver?

What causes an enlarged liver?

Usually fatty liver: The most common cause of an enlarged liver is fatty liver, which can be caused by obesity, diabetes, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, and hyperlipidemia. Large liver can also be due to cysts, benign and malignant tumors, and congestion related to right-sided heart failure. Rare causes include blood disorders, thyroid disease, and bile duct obstruction. There are many other possible causes. ...Read more

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How can you reduce an enlarged liver?

Remove the agent: That is the cause of this. Sometimes possible and sometimes not. Depends on your diagnosis and personal data. ...Read more

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If I have an enlarged liver will I die?

If I have an enlarged liver will I die?

Not necessarily: To better answer your question, one needs to know why it is enlarged. Many enlarged livers have no symptoms and may not cause death. Any enlarged liver is more susceptible to trauma like in a car accident and can be ruptured from that trauma which can leave to internal bleeding/death but I think i'd be more worried about why it is enlarged than that! ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged liver nflammtion?

What causes an enlarged liver nflammtion?

Depends: Inflammation of the liver can be due to a number of causes like fatty liver disease (very common now a days) or from viral hepatitis, metabolic causes, alcohol, autoimmune disorders, medications, etc. Without knowing more, I would seek consultation from a liver specialist to discuss further on what the next steps are. Simple lab tests along with a detailed history can help aid with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an enlarged liver?

Usually: Just pressure under the right ribs from dissension of the liver capsule, by itself. Can mimic pain from gallbladder disease. Other symptoms depend on the cause of the enlarged liver. ...Read more

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What happens if you have an enlarged liver?

What happens if you have an enlarged liver?

Depends on cause.: Pain rt upper abdomen, gen. Weakness and fatigue as liver is the metabolic factory of body involved in biochemical reactions involving carbos, proteins, fats.Alcohol related dz-can progress to cirrhois-scarring of liver and congestion of veins from backlog related to liver, with rupture of veins, blood loss through esophageal veins, cancer can develop in both alcohol related and non alcohol related dz. ...Read more

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How can you test yourself for a enlarged liver?

How can you test yourself for a enlarged liver?

U can check liver: Enlargement by doing an ultrasound, ct scan or MRI and sometimes by physical exam, feeling or palpating the lower edge of the liver with the finger tips. Take care! Http://www. M.Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/enlarged-liver-causes. ...Read more

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How long will it take to shrink an enlarged liver?

How long will it take to shrink an enlarged liver?

Ask for MELD score: Knowing your meld score may address your concern as to how badly damaged your liver may be and how urgently you need further intervention (e.g. Expectation of recovery with conservative treatment or not). Hepatomegaly (enlarged liver) is caused by a host of benign/reversible conditions and many that lead to irreversible injury). If drinking a lot of alcohol, would curtail use now for a start. ...Read more

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Can the size of an enlarged liver ever be reduced?

Depends: If the cause is due to a fatty liver, then reduction in the amount of fat (by taking away the cause) can lead to a smaller liver. ...Read more

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Can servere coughing for weeks give you enlarged liver?

No: The cough---no. The cause of the cough could also be causing liver problems. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What can lead to, or is associated with Enlarged liver?

What can lead to, or is associated with Enlarged liver?

The following cause or are associated with Enlarged liver:: Adenocarcinoma, Alcoholic liver disease, Amyloidosis, Ascariasis, Autoimmune hepatitis, Biliary atresia, Biliary cirrhosis, Carcinoid syndrome, Cholangiocarcinoma, Congestive heart failure, Q fever, Ehrlichiosis, Erythema multiforme, Essential thrombocytosis, Extrapulmonary tuberculosis, Felty syndrome, Hairy cell leukemia, Hepatic encephalopathy, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatoma, Leishmaniasis, Leptospirosis, Liver abscess, Liver failure, Metabolic syndrome, Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes, Myelodysplastic syndrome, Non Hodgkin's lymphoma, Pancreatic cancer, Polycystic kidney disease, Psittacosis, Reye Syndrome, Rocky mountain spotted fever, Sarcoidosis, Squamous cell cancer, Tape worm infection, Trichinellosis, Tricuspid stenosis, Type 1 glycogen storage disease, Typhoid fever, Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, Wilms tumor, ozpan, Mono, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, Cutaneous T cell lymphoma, Dubin Johnson syndrome, Graft versus host disease, Mycobacterium avium intracellulare, Hepatitis, Diastolic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Enlarged liver?

What is the definition or description of: Enlarged liver?

Enlarged liver: Increasing size (over-sized) of the glandular organ in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my hubby's having a enlarged liver. Is this a disease?

Should I be concerned if my hubby's having a enlarged liver. Is this a disease?

Yes indeed: Some guys have an extra lobe to the liver that makes it feel big. Emphysema patients have their liver pushed low by their lungs, making it seem big. Otherwise, we need to find the cause. Anything from alcohol to lack of exercise / NASH / prediabetes to chronic hepatitis to hemochromatosis to (don't miss this) wilson's to some others. ...Read more

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Thought with an enlarged liver, why does my left side hurt instead of my right side?

2 reasons: First, a enlarged liver can actually involve the left side too if it gets very big. Secondly, sometimes the spleen also swells when the liver enlarges - and this is on your left side. See your doctor just to be sure everything is ok. ...Read more

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Freaking out. I'm a 25 year old non-drinker with an enlarged liver. What's going on?

Fatty Liver: The most common cause is fatty liver disease. This is particularly common in people who are diabetic, have elevated cholesterol or triglycerides, and are overweight. If the liver enzymes are normal, it is most likely benign fat. However, if the liver enzymes are elevated, it means that there is inflammation in the liver which can lead to injury. Talk with your doctor about next steps. ...Read more

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What does "enlarged liver craniocaudad measurment 19cm. No focal abnormalities on non contrast imaging" mean?

Enlarged liver: This means your liver is larger than normal in the craniocaudad dimension (measuring from head to toe). The "normal" measurement for a liver is up to 17 cm. "no focal abnormalities" means that no liver lesion is seen on the exam, but without contrast, a lesion may be missed. ...Read more

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What does an enlarged liver demonstrating fatty infiltration, with focal fatty sparring mean? Liver is 167 mm in length, male 21 years of age?

What does an enlarged liver demonstrating fatty infiltration, with focal fatty sparring mean? Liver is 167 mm in length, male 21 years of age?

Fatty liver disease: A fatty liver can be the result of too many calories resulting in being overweight or obese, it may also be a result of taking drugs or toxins injurious to the liver. Associated with Diabetes and high cholesterol.
Alcoholic liver disease also results in a fatty liver, caused by over consumption of alcohol;a herald for chronic liver disease if alcohol intake is not decreased or stopped ...Read more

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If I have an enlarged liver, can I die from it rupturing?

If I have an enlarged liver, can I die from it rupturing?

Enlarged Liver: No enlarged liver does not rupture and you can not die from it by rupture. But you need to find out the cause of the liver enlargement.Liver can be enlarged dut disease in the liver or due to a systemic condition and you need to see your doctor and find the cause and get treated. You should abstain from drinking alcohol and be careful taking certain meds like tylenol (acetaminophen) etc. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause an enlarged liver and "weird" blood levels?

What can cause an enlarged liver and "weird" blood levels?

Many things: Alcohol, viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, cmv, ebv, leptosprosis, biliary obstruction, right sided heart failure, wilson disease, some drugs, storage disorders, cirrhosis, malaria, and more. ...Read more

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I have a enlarged liver can I die from it, or rupture it and then die?

I have a enlarged liver can I die from it, or rupture it and then die?

Yes: To better answer your question, one needs to know why it is enlarged. Many enlarged livers have no symptoms and may not cause death. Any enlarged liver is more susceptible to trauma like in a car accident and can be ruptured from that trauma which can leave to internal bleeding/death but I think i'd be more worried about why it is enlarged than that! ...Read more

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What an enlarged liver 19.5 cm in a 70 yrs old male is indicative of?

What an enlarged liver 19.5 cm in a 70 yrs old male is indicative of?

Here some possibilit: Enlargement of liver is often caused by a Cancer in the liver but there are a few benign causes as well such as congestive heart failure and some Vascular disorders. An imaging test should be done to look for Cancer. ...Read more

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Advice please? My 2 year old son has an enlarged liver. What can cause this?

Advice please? My 2 year old son has an enlarged liver. What can cause this?

Many possibilities: Without knowing a complete history and performing a thorough exam, it's impossible to know what is causing your son's enlarged liver. There are many possible causes of this, including viruses, fat metabolism or storage disorders, impaired venous outflow, biliary tract disorders, and many others. You should consult your child's pediatrician to discuss this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an enlarged liver with normal liver and blood values?

Yes: It is possible to have normal liver fiction tests with an enlarged liver. However, you may still have liver damage. Depending on your diagnosis you should have close follow up lab work and with your doctor to monitor your liver function. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a patient developed an enlarged liver after taking a drug?

Many ideas: It may well be unrelated. If the heart or lungs fail, the liver tends to enlarge because of extra blood. Acute drug hepatitis would usually render the person jaundiced as well. ...Read more

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What could cause a slightly enlarged liver (hepatomegaly) with normal liver values?

What could cause a slightly enlarged liver (hepatomegaly) with normal liver values?

A radiology finding: Usually something noted or commented upon by a radiologist on ultrasound or ct scan. An enlarged liver with excess fatty cells can be from obesity, poor diabetes management, or other medical or medication induced liver changes. May be an incidental and clinically insignificant finding. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Does a borderline enlarged liver with mild fatty infiltration mean that its inflammed?

Does a borderline enlarged liver with mild fatty infiltration mean that its inflammed?

Maybe....: You've asked a number of questions to healthtap recently regarding the subject of "fatty liver." fatty liver is common in america (about 1/4 adult population), is typically seen in association with obesity, high cholesterol, alcohol excess, and diabetes. Distinguish steatosis (normal liver function tests and no inflammation) versus steatohepatitis (elevated liver functions with inflammation). ...Read more

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Can you get enlarged liver as a symptom of felty syndrome? What are the other symptoms?

Can you get enlarged liver as a symptom of felty syndrome? What are the other symptoms?

Yes, here's more...: Felty's syndrome is characterized bycombination of rheumatoid arthritis, splenomegaly & neutropenia. Sufferers may also experience fever, weight loss, fatigue, anemia, low platelets, vasculitis, discoloration of skin (esp. Of leg), ulcers on lower leg, &/or abnormally large liver (hepatomegaly). ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with pld, anything I can take to reduce enlarged liver and cysts?

Lower estrogen: This is linked to a gene that affects cell signalling. It may be influenced by cadmium which itself interacts with estrogen. In the perimenopausal period there are swings in estrogen. Iodine is one potential blocker, vit e succinate, a low fat, high vegetable diet, with lots of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Eating 6 meals, relaxing, and moving, taking enough vit d may help. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe pain in my enlarged liver. Any suggestions in managing the pain?

What to do if I have severe pain in my enlarged liver. Any suggestions in managing the pain?

Depends on Cause: Without more info, its hard to say. Generally, avoid alcohol and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Fatty foods and exposure to industrial solvents. A lot depends on the basis of your enlargement. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an enlarged liver, should I abstain from alcohol completely. I am in so much pain too?

What to do if I have an enlarged liver, should I abstain from alcohol completely. I am in so much pain too?

Yes...: If you have any disease or disorder involving your liver you should abstain from all alcohol. See you doctor for more specific instructions. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take a borderline enlarged liver from fatty liver to heal? I have lost 55 lbs and still losing. I'm just concerned

No answer: We believe the fatty livers due to being overweight however that's not the case all the time we know many individuals who are not obese but still have abnormal livers however it is absolutely a certainty that if you're overweight and chances are you'll have a fatty liver therefore losing weight can only help the situation as always please use exercise proper nutrition and diet is your appropriate rules for living a good life. ...Read more

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How to heal the enlarged liver? This enlargement is due to over using of vinegar and there might be other problems that trigger this liver to enlarge

How to heal the enlarged liver? This enlargement is due to over using of vinegar and there might be other problems that trigger this liver to enlarge

Depends on cause: There are many causes of enlarged liver and you need to know the cause in order to find the correct treatment. For example if it is a viral hepatitis there may be treatment for that. If it is fatty liver then lowering cholesterol and losing weight would help. See your doctor to find the cause. In the mean time avoid all alcohol and acetaminophen. ...Read more

Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Enlarged Liver (Definition)

Hepatomegaly, otherwise known as an enlarged liver, 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 CT scan or ultrasound. This can be due to alcoholism, hepatitis viruses, inherited liver ...Read more