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.

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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...

What causes an enlarged liver in a sickle cell anemia patients?

The bad cells. In simplest terms, the sickle ("bad") cells need to be removed because they get "trapped" in the liver where they are disposed of. These cells don't live as long as normal red blood cells, so the liver is working over time. Read more...

What are causes an enlarged liver & spleen?

Many. Viral hepatitis, portal vein thrombosis, congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver (although liver can be small in cirrhosis) are a few of the many causes. Cirrhosis of the liver can be a result of alcohol abuse, long-term viral hepatitis, many other causes. Read more...
Infections,cancer. Certain infections, early stages of some hepatitis, blockage of the common venous drainage and certain cancers like lymphoma. Read more...

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...

What could cause borderline enlarged liver and weight loss and night sweats? I do have fatty liver. Been tested for HIV and hep. And all blood work good

Hormones. Welcome back. Had thyroid function tests? Female hormones out of whack? Periods are ok? The fatty liver was presumed to be due to obesity, which is why you went on the reducing diet. Blood work good is reassuring, as was the MRI tests you mentioned in another question. Checked for parasites? Tb? Read more...

What causes enlarged liver (20.5cm) with normal LFTs? Only abnormal labs in ER were low creatinine (0.5) and low BUN (5). No masses on CT. 24yo, BMI 25, no etoh. What should I ask my dr next week?

Is it real? Tell us why you say your liver is enlarged? This is a difficult diagnosis to make unless the liver is more than 50% bigger than normal. The causes of a large liver, besides hepatitis include infiltrative diseases like Amyloidosis, Fatty liver or a lipid storage disease(some of these are hereditary(so check your family history of Live). A liver biopsy is the best way to find out what is the cause. Read more...
See below. How do you know that your liver is 20.5 cm? if that is so, your liver is enlarged and that is the only question you need to ask. Your lab test results are normal, do not be concerned about low creatinine and BUN. What you and your doctor need to ascertain is why is the liver enlarged, if it is really 20.5 cm. Read more...
Enlarged liver. As a start, someone needs to reevaluate that test and determine what portion of the liver was measured. 20 cm at the midclavicular line is large, but it is not in other planes. In the US, the most likely reason would be fatty liver, which is supported by the BMI of 25, which the NIH would say is overweight, but you need to be evaluated by a hepatologist to be sure nothing else is missed. Read more...
Can be normal. A few percent of folks have an extra liver love that gives a falsely-elevated span. I would not worry in any case. Read more...

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...