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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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I have not see my period in 66 days and I have polycystic ovaries and now i find my belly is swelling i want to know what it could be ?

I have not see my period in 66 days and I have polycystic ovaries and now i  find my belly is swelling i want to know what it could be  ?

Check pregnancy test: Check a pregnancy test first. The abdominal swelling can be consistent with the fact that no menstruation has occurred in a few weeks. If the pregnancy test is negative then take some type of Progesterone to thin out the uterine lining. ...Read more

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I think my liver was enlarged how could I know for sure if it how do I know what I'm feeling is in fact my liver and not something else?

I think my liver was enlarged how could I know for sure if it how do I know what I'm feeling is in fact my liver and not something else?

Abdominal ultrasound: Get an abdominal ultrasonography. The US will show clearly size of your liver. If enlarged you must consult a doctor to determine the cause of the liver enlargement at such young age. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my main concern is my liver. I think its enlarged and my kidneys have been feeling weird lately. is there anything I can take for this?

What do you suggest if my main concern is my liver. I think its enlarged and my kidneys have been feeling weird lately. is there anything I can take for this?

Liver problem?: Before you consider treating a problem, be sure you have one. If you feel your liver is enlarged, you need to find out why, and if, it is. See a physician for an examination and some blood tests and a urine analysis (UA). If there is no liver enlargement found when you are examined and your blood work and UA show no liver or kidney compromise, you do not have a problem and need no treatment. ...Read more

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If I was able to feel my spleen would I have pain and more symptoms? Maybe I'm not feeling my spleen

If I was able to feel my spleen would I have pain and more symptoms? Maybe I'm not feeling my spleen

Normal: It is not usually possible to palpate a normal spleen. Spleens that are palpable are abnormal and enlarged generally as in infectious mononucleosis and other hematologic disorders. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had my gallbladder removed and i started to have lower pain. Are they related?

Talk to surgeon: Depending on when you had your cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal operation), the two may or may not be related. There are many causes of lower abdominal pain that aren't related to cholecystectomy at all. Your best bet is to talk to the surgeon and ask him/her about your pain. ...Read more

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I have hypo plastic left heart syndrome and the doctor said I have fluid around my liver what could it mean.

I have hypo plastic left heart syndrome and the doctor said I have fluid around my liver what could it mean.

Heart failure: If you have survived HPLHS to age 18 you must have had extensive and excellent medical management since you were an infant less than a week old. I am certain you have had multiple open heart surgeries. Fluid around the liver at this time would most likely indicate a degree of heart failure. Check with any of the outstanding providers who have gotten you this far to discuss your personal situation. ...Read more

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What can it mean if i was told I have increased liver function?

What can it mean if i was told I have increased liver function?

Increased liver: You should get checked to r/o fatty liver, hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis and medication related problems. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor said my heart is more central then left sided. I don't know what that means?

What do you suggest if my doctor said my heart is more central then left sided. I don't know what that means?

Nothing: It means nothing. Forget it. (suppose you have green eyes and your doctor tells you that they're hazel?) ...Read more

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What symptoms would I have if my liver wasnt functioning right? come one come all or on and off?

What symptoms would I have if my liver wasnt functioning right?  come one come all or on and off?

Wide variation: so many symptoms can be associated with liver disease... but early on, fatigue, abdominal pain/tenderness, musculoskeletal pains probably most common. with more advanced liver disease, jaundice (yellow eyes/skin), swelling in legs and abdomen, higher risk of bleeding. usually persistent/ progressive sxs rather than off and on - but there are always exceptions as well. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have been told what do you suggest if I have stage 1 liver disease due to having a lot of fat in my stomach i'm having pain by my l?

What do you suggest if I have been told what do you suggest if I have stage 1 liver disease due to having a lot of fat in my stomach i'm having pain by my l?

Get to a healthy wt: you don't say how overweight you are but often even 10-15lbs weight loss will normalize the liver function. the 'stage 1' is on a biopsy or fibroscan? i would definitely make sure you minimize any other risk factors (BP, cholesterol, DM, alcohol etc) and make sure you get to and stay at a healthy weight. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a scan on my gallbladder but something has shown up on my liver what could it be?

What do you advise if i had a scan on my gallbladder but something has shown up on my liver what could it be?

More information: Well, Gallbladder is next to the liver, therefore scan of the gallbladder could show any pathology existed in liver,too. there are variety of things that could have been, including Cyst, fatty liver, hemangioma, mass, infection, cirrhosis. You need to provide more information. ...Read more

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I have had kidney stones and i believe a slightly enlarged thyroid gland. What if anything should i do?

I have had kidney stones and i believe a slightly enlarged thyroid gland. What if anything should i do?

? parathyroid gland: the parathyroid glands which are located inside the thyroid could be hyperacitve which can cause kidney stones, You should ask you doc if this is the case. A Calcium level and PTH hormone will be elevated in this condition called hyperparathyroidism ...Read more

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I have left lower abdominal pain since 2 months...So, doctor what do you think about my problem?

Not enough info: This could be a number of things when pertaining to abdominal pain. Other details would help your doctor make a better diagnosis, better than using this forum. So it's best to see your doctor, and be examined carefully. So they can physically listen, percuss, examine you fully to give the best answer, and do further work up if needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the below symptoms of depression and haven't told anyone! what should I do?

What to do if I have the below symptoms of depression and haven't told anyone! what should I do?

Get help.: Your list of symptoms is not showing up on the screen. But, if you believe you may have clinical depression then the next step is to get help. Your dr can assess for mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't >. ...Read more

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Dr says I have slight enlarged spleen but didn't do any tests is this usual i went to see him as I have left side rib pain.

Dr says I have slight enlarged spleen but didn't do any tests is this usual i went to see  him as I have left side rib pain.

Splenomegaly: If your spleen is enlarged there must be a reason for it. You should have a blood test called a CBC to check your blood cells, especially platelets. Also a cmp to check your liver function, since an enlarged spleen can sometimes be due to a liver problem. A baseline ultrasound of the abdomen should assess the organs, and often a ct scan is indicated to further examine the vessels to liver, spleen. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my upper right abdomen. my family believed it was my gall bladder, and numerous tests and two ultrasounds later, all should I do?

What do you suggest if my upper right abdomen. my family believed it was my gall bladder, and numerous tests and two ultrasounds later, all should I do?

HIDA?: HIDA test, nuclear scan, is most specific for gall bladder disease. You did not mention if this was one of your tests. This test demonstrates function of gall bladder. ...Read more

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Hello and thank you all for this! so I have a pain on my right ribbe l think it might be my liver but how would I know?

Hello and thank you all for this!  so I have a pain on my right ribbe l think it might be my liver but how would I know?

Probably not: Pain from your liver would probably be located in your right upper abdomen but not on the rib itself, to know if something is a matter with your liver a simple blood test may give you an idea or if blood test is normal your doctor may order a sonogram/ct scan. ...Read more