Learn About Enlarged Liver

CONSIDERATIONS

The lower edge of the liver normally comes just to the lower edge of the ribs on the right side. The edge of the liver is normally thin and firm. It cannot be felt with the fingertips below the edge of the ribs, except when you take a deep breath. It may be enlarged if a health care provider can feel it in this area.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR OFFICE VISIT

The provider will examine you and ask questions such as:

  • Did you notice fullness or a lump in the abdomen?
  • What other symptoms do you have?
  • Is there any abdominal pain?
  • Is there any yellowing of the skin (jaundice)?
  • Is there any vomiting?
  • Is there any unusual-colored or pale-colored stools?
  • Has your urine appeared to be darker than usual (brownish)?
  • Have you had a fever?
  • What medicines are you taking including over-the-counter and herbal medicines?
  • How much alcohol do you drink?

Tests to determine the cause of hepatomegaly vary, depending on the suspected cause, but may include:

  • Abdominal x-ray
  • Abdominal ultrasound (may be done to confirm the condition if the provider thinks your liver feels enlarged during a physical exam)
  • CT scan of the abdomen
  • Liver function tests, including blood clotting tests
  • MRI scan of the abdomen
Fatty liver - CT scan
Liver with disproportional fattening - CT scan
Hepatomegaly
What is the definition of Enlarged Liver?

Enlarged liver refers to swelling of the liver beyond its normal size. Hepatomegaly is another word to describe this problem.

If both the liver and spleen are enlarged, it is called hepatosplenomegaly.

What are the alternative names for Enlarged Liver?

Hepatosplenomegaly; Enlarged liver; Liver enlargement

What are the causes of Enlarged Liver?

The liver is involved in many of the body's functions. It is affected by many conditions that can cause hepatomegaly, including:

  • Alcohol use (especially alcohol abuse)
  • Cancer metastases (spread of cancer to the liver)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Glycogen storage disease
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Hereditary fructose intolerance
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Leukemia
  • Niemann-Pick disease
  • Primary biliary cholangitis
  • Reye syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sclerosing cholangitis
  • Portal vein thrombosis
  • Steatosis (fat in the liver from metabolic problems such as diabetes, obesity, and high triglycerides, also called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH)
When should I contact a medical professional for Enlarged Liver?

This condition is most often detected by a provider. You may not be aware of the liver or spleen swelling.

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Lenox Baker Children's Hospital

Durham, NC 

Priya Kishnani is a Pediatrics doctor in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Kishnani has been practicing medicine for over 35 years and is rated as a Distinguished doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Enlarged Liver. She is also highly rated in 25 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Pompe Disease, Hypophosphatasia, Glycogen Storage Disease Type 3, and Andersen Disease. She is board certified in Pediatric Medicine and licensed to treat patients in North Carolina. Dr. Kishnani is currently accepting new patients.

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Loyola Center For Health At Burr Ridge

Burr Ridge, IL 

Scott Cotler is a Gastroenterologist and a Hepatologist in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Dr. Cotler has been practicing medicine for over 32 years and is rated as a Distinguished doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Enlarged Liver. He is also highly rated in 45 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Ascites, and Cirrhosis. He is board certified in Gastroenterology and licensed to treat patients in Illinois. Dr. Cotler is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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Loyola Center For Health At Burr Ridge

Burr Ridge, IL 

Jamie Berkes is a Gastroenterologist and a Hepatologist in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Dr. Berkes has been practicing medicine for over 24 years and is rated as a Distinguished doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Enlarged Liver. He is also highly rated in 31 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Visceromegaly, Alcoholic Cirrhosis, Enlarged Liver, and Cirrhosis. He is board certified in Gastroenterology and licensed to treat patients in Illinois. Dr. Berkes is currently accepting new patients.

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What are our references for Enlarged Liver?

Martin P. Approach to the patient with liver disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 137.

Plevris J, Parks R. The gastrointestinal system. In: Innes JA, Dover AR, Fairhurst K, eds. Macleod's Clinical Examination. 14th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 6.

Squires JE, Balistreri WF. Manifestations of liver disease. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 382.