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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hepatitis?: A severe case of lots of diseases can cause a wide variety of symptoms. From your description, it sounds like the liver is involved. If it is, you need help now. Call your doctor immediately. ...Read more
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
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
In childhood had liver enlargement(a hepatitis maybe).yesterday ate too many limons and liver aches as if enlarged.does it harm my 7 weeks fetus?
Fetus: Eating lemons should have no effect on your fetus ...Read more
I have borderline liver enlargement but bile ducts not dilated and liver texture is normal. what does it mean?
Usually nothing : I have lots of people in my office with that. They usually come to me with suspected gallbladder disease, and when I operate, the liver looks normal. If your liver lab tests are normal and you're not taking too much Tylenol (acetaminophen) or drinking too much alcohol, I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more
What's the difference between liver enlargement and liver inflammation? I've been reading a lot about liver inflammation when associated with fatty liver but i was told my liver is mildly enlarged. What's the difference?
Several: Inflammation or infection can occur with any organ including liver. Examination may show tenderness, inflammatory cells on histology, and swelling- enlargement or contraction with scarring and damage. Enlargement has many causes which can include inflammation, cysts, tumors, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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