An enlarged liver is one that's bigger than normal. The liver is a large, football-shaped organ found in the upper right portion of your abdomen. The medical term for enlarged liver is hepatomegaly (hep-uh-to-MEG-uh-le).
Enlarged liver isn't a disease. It's a sign of an underlying problem, such as liver disease, congestive heart failure or cancer.
Treatment for enlarged liver involves identifying and controlling the underlying cause of the condition.
An enlarged liver occurs when the liver becomes larger than normal. ...
An enlarged liver may not cause any symptoms.
When enlarged liver occurs because of liver disease, it may be accompanied by:
When to see a doctor
Many diseases and conditions can cause an enlarged liver, including:
Heart and blood vessel problems
You are more likely to experience enlarged liver if you have a liver disease. Factors that may increase your risk of liver problems include:
Preparing for your appointment
If you have any signs or symptoms that worry you, visit your primary care doctor. If your doctor suspects that you have an enlarged liver, he or she may order additional tests and and then refer you to the appropriate specialist. If you have a liver disease, you may be referred to a specialist in liver problems (hepatologist).
Because appointments can be brief, and there's a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to be prepared.
What you can do
Questions to ask your doctor
Tests and diagnosis
A physical exam to detect enlarged liver
A liver biopsy is a procedure to remove a small sample of liver tissue for laboratory testing. A liver biopsy is commonly performed by inserting a thin needle through your skin and into your liver....
Treatments and drugs
Treatment for enlarged liver involves diagnosing and treating the underlying condition that's causing it.
To reduce your risk of liver disease, you can:
Last Updated: 2012-04-14
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