Treating Hepatomegaly

Posted on May 4, 2016

The enlargement of the liver is medically referred to as hepatomegaly. When this happens then it is a sign that something is pretty wrong with your health. This condition can be brought about by several causes and one of them is overconsumption of alcohol.

Diseases that cause infection of your liver disturb the blood flow and cause your liver to become infiltrated with benign or malignant tumors. They add mass to the liver, thereby increasing its size. According to MedlinePlus, the most common causes of hepatomegaly are:

Metastatic cancer (where cancer cells have spread from other parts of the body)
Congestive heart failure
Alcoholic hepatitis
Fatty liver caused by total parenteral nutrition (TPN)

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An enlarged liver has no particular symptoms that accompany the condition but there are symptoms related to the causes such as fatigue, nausea, becoming yellow and weight loss.

In itself, an enlarged liver typically has no symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of conditions that commonly cause liver enlargement include:

Pain in the upper right belly
Muscle aches (myalgia)
Poor appetite and weight loss
Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice)

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So how is the condition diagnosed? The patient will undergo a series of tests and your medical history will also be checked. Some of the diagnostic tests include an abdominal CT scan and blood tests. After the results are back then treatment can be decide since treatment depends on the cause.


Your healthcare provider will undertake a medical history and do a physical examination.

There may be more than one diagnostic test to determine the cause of Hepatomegaly and may include:

Abdominal and chest X-ray
Ultrasound of the abdomen including the liver
CT scan of the abdomen
Blood tests, including liver function tests and blood clotting studies


Depends on the cause.

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