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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

Dr. James Chapman
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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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Does an enlarged liver and spleen mean hepatitis?

Does an enlarged liver and spleen mean hepatitis?

Numerous: Not always. Multiple other reasons including blood disorder. Cirrhosis of the liver again that could be alcohol induced or other medical reason induced. Essentially multiple reasons key one is blood disorder. Seeing a hematologist is the key as underlying possibilities r numerous. ...Read more

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Would an ultrasound show liver fibrosis or cirrhosis? does an enlarged liver (16.7cm length) with significant fatty infiltration mean cirrosis started

Would an ultrasound show liver fibrosis or cirrhosis? does an enlarged liver (16.7cm length) with significant fatty infiltration mean cirrosis started

Fatty infiltration: is a relatively common finding, is due to a number of various causes(sometimes there is no known cause), and is not necessarily a precursor to cirrhosis. Ultrasound can detect changes of cirrhosis, although it is not necessarily specific(other infiltrative processes might lok similar) unless there are advanced secondary signs, and biopsy or additional imaging(MRI) might be needed. ...Read more

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

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 enlarged fatty liver grade II mean is it curable?

What does enlarged fatty liver grade II mean is it curable?

Probably: Fatty liver in young people is typically related to eating to many simple sugars, too much fat and too much alcohol. Not surprisingly, this also tends to lead to weight gain. Impove your diet, loose weight and increase your physical activity. Fatty liver disease or (nash) can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure; it's something to take very seriously and try to reverse. Good luck! ...Read more

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

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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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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Daughter showed enlarged liver on x-ray. But had normal blood work results. What could this mean?

Daughter showed enlarged liver on x-ray. But had normal blood work results.  What could this mean?

X-ray is not: The best way to evaluate the liver. There are some normal anatomic variations in which the liver might appear spuriously enlarged on X-rays. Needs to be confirmed or ruled out with another study, probably ultrasound. ...Read more

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If a CT scan shows an enlarged liver up to 20cm demonstrating a stable too small to characterize hepatic dome hypodensity what does this mean?

If a CT scan shows an enlarged liver up to 20cm demonstrating a stable too small to characterize hepatic dome hypodensity what does this mean?

The are numerous: causes of liver enlargement including infection/inflammation, fatty infiltration, metabolic disturbances, cardiac dysfunction, and deposition/storage diseases. Not enough info to venture a guess here. As far as the "too small to characterize" lesion, the vast majority of these incidental lesions are benign cysts or hemangiomas that require no treatment. ...Read more

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My ammonia level was 179. Toxins in blood. Sonogram shows enlarged liver. Does this mean I have liver cirrhosis as i was told. If so, what type?

My ammonia level was 179. Toxins in blood. Sonogram shows enlarged liver. Does this mean I have liver cirrhosis as i was told. If so, what type?

Cannot say w/o...: ...Much more history at minimum. However, if mucomyst (acetylcysteine) brings ammonia down and liver given chance to recover, can often improve function. Need to avoid any non-essential taxes to liver function--like alcohol and non-essential drugs/meds. Gi or hepatology (/liver specialist) can help guide management if not rapidly improving. ...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?

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 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

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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

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