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Enlarged liver: Introduction

A swollen liver is the symptom of many possible disorders, and needs prompt professional medical investigation. It is often related to a similar symptom: swollen spleen. There are many condition that may cause swollen liver or enlarged liver, including liver disorders such as hepatitis and various other diseases not directly related to the liver....more »

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Causes of Enlarged liver:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Enlarged liver. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Enlarged liver

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Causes of Types of Enlarged liver:

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Enlarged liver: Symptom Checker

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Stories from Users for Enlarged liver

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Message Boards for Enlarged liver

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Diagnostic tests for Enlarged liver:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Enlarged liver. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect color of skin and sclera for jaundice (yellowing)
    • Palpate the liver and determine the extent of the enlargement and also determine if liver is tender. A tender enlarged liver may suggest viral or toxic hepatitis, congestive heart failure, primary liver cancer and ascending cholangitis
    • Palpate for enlarged spleen. If both liver and spleen is enlarged may suggest alcoholic cirrhosis, amyloidosis, reticuloendotheliosis, hemolytic anemias, biliary cirrhosis, myeloid metaplasia, systemic lupus erythematosus, acute viral hepatitis, infectious mononucleosis, cytomegalovirus and various parasitic diseases. If the spleen enlargement is massive this is characteristic of Gaucher's disease, kala azar and myeloid metaplasia
    • Palpate for enlarged gallbladder. If enlarged gallbladder with enlarged liver and jaundice may suggest bile duct obstruction due to cancer of the pancreas, bile ducts or ampulla of Vater
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Medications or substances causing Enlarged liver:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Enlarged liver as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Enlarged liver: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Enlarged liver

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Enlarged liver. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

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Enlarged liver: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Enlarged liver

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Causes of Enlarged liver listed in Disease Database:

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Definitions of Enlarged liver:

Abnormal enlargement of the liver.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Enlarged liver:

The list of organs typically affected by Enlarged liver may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Enlarged liver

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How Common are these Causes of Enlarged liver?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Enlarged liver. Of the 1314 causes of Enlarged liver that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 6 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 9 causes are "common" diseases
  • 10 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 8 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 45 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 1264 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Enlarged liver:

The following list of conditions have 'Enlarged liver' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Enlarged liver:

The following list of medical conditions have Enlarged liver or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Enlarged liver Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Enlarged liver based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Enlarged liver?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Enlarged liver, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Enlarged liver:

    Liver enlarged
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Enlarged liver:

    Subtypes of Enlarged liver:

    Enlarged liver and spleen (1170 causes), Swollen spleen (1232 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Enlarged liver:

    Liver symptoms (1644 causes), Enlarged liver and spleen (1170 causes), Swelling symptoms (3730 causes), Liver problems (1613 causes), Swollen spleen (1232 causes), Spleen symptoms (1175 causes), Upper abdominal symptoms (2707 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes)

    Symptoms related to Enlarged liver:

    Enlarged spleen (1232 causes), Hepatomegaly (1314 causes), Hepatitis (42 causes), Cirrohosis of liver, Malaria, Hydatid cyst, Amoebiasis, Hapatocellular carcinoma, Leukemia

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