Slightly enlarged liver?

I have recently had a CT scan as I have high white blood cells (13.8 - last check) The CT scan showed nothing untoward other than I have a low iron count and ovarian cysts. My hemotologist told me to go to my dr to make an appt with a gynae and for some iron tablets which I did this morning. Whilst at the dr's I saw on the hemotologists report that I had a slightly enlarged liver. When I asked what this means the dr replied its due to being over weight or a heavy drinker but I'm neither, she then said then she didn't know but not to worry about it. At the moment, im not worried about it but want to know is this something I should get looked into? I had contagious hepatitis when i was 8 (im now 35) could this be a reason why? Any idea's or advice would be greatfully received! Thanks!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Get checked for hepatitis C (HCV). HCV wasn't identified as a separate form of hepatitis until 1989. People that had

    "infectious hepatitis" or "serum hepatitis" or "non a non b hepatitis" are finding out that it was really HCV. It can be asymptomatic for years or decades. The liver often becomes enlarged when it is inflamed. A simple test will show if you have the antibodies. If that comes back reactive for HCV or HBV, you will need to have further bloodtests. If it's reactive for HCV, then you should have a HCV PCR RNA, also called a viral load. If it detects a viral load then you will have chronic active hepatitis. Get the test to eliminate any questions. Best wishes.

    Source(s): HCV educator, advocate, & survivor
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    I have recently had a CT scan as I have high white blood cells (13.8 - last check) The CT scan showed nothing untoward other than I have a low iron count and ovarian cysts. My hemotologist told me to go to my dr to make an appt with a gynae and for some iron tablets which I did this morning....

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  • 1 decade ago

    Many conditions may cause an enlarged liver, including:

    * Alcohol abuse

    * Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

    * Hepatitis

    * Heart failure

    * Liver cancer

    * Infections such as mononucleosis

    * Excessive iron in the body (hemochromatosis)

    * Blood disorders such as leukemia

    Prevention

    To protect your liver, take good care of yourself.

    * Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. Too much alcohol can lead to fat accumulation, inflammation and scarring in the liver. If drinking continues, liver damage may be fatal.

    * Don't mix alcohol with other drugs. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can be toxic to the liver even if you drink in moderation.

    * Use medications wisely. Take medication only when you need it. Limit yourself to the recommended doses. Talk to your doctor before mixing herbal supplements with prescription or nonprescription medications.

    * Be cautious with supplements. Some supplements can damage the liver, including kava, comfrey, chaparral and pennyroyal. Avoid high doses of vitamins A, D, E and K.

    * Reduce the risk of hepatitis. Avoid contact with other people's blood and body fluids. If you're at risk of contracting hepatitis A or B, ask your doctor about immunization.

    * Limit contact with toxins. Use aerosol cleaners, insecticides and other toxic chemicals only in well ventilated areas. Better yet, wear gloves, long sleeves and a mask.

    * Make good choices about diet and exercise. Eating healthy foods and exercising regularly can help you control your weight — and help your liver do its job.

    Simple steps can keep your liver healthy for a lifetime.

    Please see the web pages for more details on Hepatomegaly

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  • 1 decade ago

    My mother had an enlarged liver. The doctor said it was probably due to the malaria she had as a child, so I imagine hepatitis, a liver disease, could certainly do it too.

  • 1 decade ago

    Strange that nemaly hematologist pointed it out. Was it just his report.

    Taken alone, the symptom of liver enlargment does not mean much.

    However it could be:

    1. liver dsiease - fatty liver, infection, tumor (rare), metastases, Budd-Chiari Syndrome, parazites, some hormonal disorders, etc. many other. You need to look all symptoms together, not just liver enlargment,

    2. Heart problem casuing congesive heart failure and overload of the right heart with blood, the pressure transferes back to liver thorugh vena cava inferior.

    By the way problems with Iron (some gentical iron accumulation disoders) also may lead to liver enlargment.

    Liver Might be enlarged in just overweight person.

    Here are some other possible dirosrders (all of them should give additional symptoms, not jsut enlargment)

    Hepatitis

    Infectious mononucleosis

    CMV

    Leptospirosis

    Brucellosis

    Malaria

    Amebiasis

    Alcoholic hepatitis

    Toxic hepatitis

    Fatty liver

    Cirrhosis

    Carcinoma of the biliary tract

    Autoimmune hepatitis

    Haemochromatosis

    Primary biliary cirrhosis

    Sickle cell disease

    Polycystic disease of the liver

    Normal variant

    Acute hepatitis (type of Hepatitis)

    Chronic hepatitis (type of Hepatitis)

    Lupoid hepatitis

    HB infection

    Alcoholic liver hepatitis

    Chronic hepatitis B virus infection

    Chronic hepatitis C virus infection

    Hepatic vein obstruction

    Right ventricular failure

    Contrictive pericarditis

    Thrombosis of the inferior vena cava

    Thrombosis of the hepatic vein

    4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate hydroxylase deficiency

    Acanthocheilonemiasis

    Alpha-L-iduronidase deficiency

    Alveolar hydatid disease

    Amyloidosis

    Angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy with dysproteinaemia

    Apolipoprotein C-II deficiency

    Arginosuccinate synthetase deficiency

    Arginosuccinic aciduria

    Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome type 1

    Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome type 2

    Bartonellosis

    Berardinelli lipodystrophy syndrome

    Brucellosis

    Carcinoid tumours and carcinoid syndrome

    Cardiac failure, right sided

    Carnitine deficiency (systemic)

    Carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1 deficiency

    Castleman's disease

    Cat scratch fever

    Also -in chronic constrictive pericarditis), dysfunction and engorgement of hepatocytes (in hepatitis), fatty infiltration of parenchymal cells causing fibrous tissue (in cirrhosis), distention of liver cells with glycogen (in diabetes), and infiltration of amyloid (in amyloidosis).Pancreatic cancer, Pancreatic cancer, obesity,Mononucleosis (infectious) Liver cancer Leukemia and lymphomas Hepatitis Hepatic abscess Granulomatous disorders Diabetes mellitus Cirrhosis Amyloidosis

    http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch135/ch135d.html

    http://www.umm.edu/ency/article/003275.htm

    http://rdoctor.com/medicine/viewforum.php?f=1&sid=...

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/00...

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    4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate hydroxylase deficiency

    Acanthocheilonemiasis

    Acromegaly

    Acute hepatitis

    Alcohol abuse

    Alcoholic hepatitis

    Alcoholic liver hepatitis

    Alpha-L-iduronidase deficiency

    Alveolar hydatid disease

    Amebiasis

    Amobiasis infection

    Amyloidosis

    Angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy with dysproteinaemia

    Apolipoprotein C-II deficiency

    Arginosuccinate synthetase deficiency

    Arginosuccinic aciduria

    Ascaris lumbricoides

    Ascaris lumbricoides infestation

    Autoimmune hepatitis

    Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome type 1

    Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome type 2

    Bacterial infection

    Bartonellosis

    Benign liver tumor

    Berardinelli lipodystrophy syndrome

    Biliary atresia

    Biliary disease

    Biliary infection

    Biliary obstruction

    Brucellosis

    Budd-Chari syndrome

    Carcinoid tumours and carcinoid syndrome

    Carcinoma of the biliary tract

    Cardiac failure, right sided

    Carnitine deficiency (systemic)

    Carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1 deficiency

    Caroli's disease

    Castleman's disease

    Cat scratch fever

    Cerebrohepatorenal syndrome

    Chanarin-Dorfman disease

    Chediak-Higashi disease

    Cholangiocarcinoma

    Choledochal cyst

    Cholestasis

    Cholesterol ester storage disease

    Chronic constrictive pericarditis

    Chronic hepatitis

    Chronic hepatitis B virus infection

    Chronic hepatitis C virus infection

    Chronic pancreatitis

    Cirrhosis

    Clonorchiasis

    CMV

    Colorectal cancer

    Congenital dilation of the intrahepatic ducts

    Congenital hepatic fibrosis

    Congenital malformations of the biliary tract

    Constrictive pericarditis

    Contrictive pericarditis

    Coproporphyria, hereditary

    Cutaneous T cell lymphoma

    Cystic fibrosis

    Cytomegalic Inclusion Body Disease - Hepatomegaly

    Diabetes mellitus

    Dibasic aminoaciduria type 2

    Dicrocoelium dendriticum fluke

    Dubin-Johnson Syndrome - liver enlargement

    Echinococcus granulosus

    Entamoeba histolytica

    Extrahyepatic biliary obstruction

    Extramedullary haemopoiesis

    Familial alphalipoprotein deficiency

    Familial histiocytic reticulosis

    Familial hypertriglyceridaemia

    Fanconi-Bickel syndrome

    Farber's disease

    Fatty liver

    Felty syndrome

    Focal nodular hyperplasia of liver

    Fructose intolerance

    Fructose-1, 6-diphosphatase deficiency

    Ftty liver

    Fucosidosis

    Galactose epimerase deficiency

    Galactosemia type 1

    Gall Bladder Cancer - Hepatomegaly

    Gall bladder conditions - Hepatomegaly

    Gallstones

    Gamma heavy chain disease

    Gangliosidosis GM1, type 3

    Gangliosidosis GM3

    Gaucher disease - liver enlargement

    Gaucher's disease

    Geleophysic dysplasia

    Generalized gangliosidosis GM1

    Glutaric acidemia type 2

    Glycogen storage disease

    Glycogenosis type 1a

    Glycogenosis type 1b

    Glycogenosis type 2

    Glycogenosis type 3

    Glycogenosis type 6

    Glycogenosis type 8

    Granulomatous disorders

    Haemochromatosis

    Haemolytic disease of the newborn

    Hairy cell leukaemia

    HB infection

    Heart disease

    Hemangioma of the liver

    Hemochromatosis

    Hemosiderosis

    Hepatic abscess

    Hepatic adenoma

    Hepatic hemangioma

    Hepatic neoplasms

    Hepatic vein obstruction

    Hepatic vein thrombosis

    Hepatitis

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatocellular jaundice

    Hepatomegaly

    Histiocytosis X

    Hydatid cyst

    I-cell disease

    Iduronate sulphatase deficiency

    Iminodipeptiduria

    Infantile Spasms - Hepatomegaly

    Infectious mononucleosis

    Intrahepatic veno-occlusive disease

    Jejuno-ileal bypass

    Juvenile chronic arthritis

    Kala-azar

    Kwashiorkor

    Leptospirosis - Hepatomegaly

    Letterer-Siwe syndrome

    Leukemia

    Lipoprotein lipase deficiency

    Liver abscess

    Liver cancer, primary

    Liver conditions - Hepatomegaly

    Liver fluke infestation

    Liver granuloma

    Liver metastases

    Long chain hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency

    Long-chain Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency

    Lupoid hepatitis

    Lymphoma

    Lymphomas

    Lymphomatoid granulomatosis

    Malaria - Hepatomegaly

    Malignant infiltration

    Malignant tumor

    Mastocytosis

    McLeod phenotype

    Mu chain disease

    Mucopolysaccharidosis VI

    Mucopolysaccharidosis VII - liver enlargement

    Mycobacterial infections - Hepatomegaly

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis

    Myelofibrosis

    Myeloma

    Niemann-Pick disease - liver enlargement

    Niemann-Pick Disease, Type C

    Normal variant

    Norrbottnian Gaucher disease

    Obesity

    Oesophageal cancer

    Opisthorchiasis

    Osteopetrosis (malignant)

    Ovarian cancer

    Pancreatic cancer

    Paragonimiasis

    Pericarditis

    POEMS syndrome

    Polyarteritis nodosa

    Polycystic disease of the liver

    Polycystic kidney disease, adult (autosomal dominant)

    Polycystic liver disease

    Pompe syndrome

    Pregnancy

    Primary biliary cirrhosis

    Primary billiary cirrhosis

    Primary sclerosing cholangitis

    Protein malnutrition

    Protozoan liver infection

    Psittacosis

    Pyogenic liver abscess

    Pyrazinamide

    Relapsing fever

    Riedel lobe of liver

    Right ventricular failure

    Salla disease

    Sandhoff's disease

    Sanfilippo disease

    Sarcoidosis

    Schiei syndrome

    Schistosoma haematobium

    Schistosoma mansoni

    Schistosomiasis

    Sclerosing cholangitis

    Secondary carcinoma

    Sickle cell crisis (abdominal / sequestration)

    Sickle cell disease

    Sly syndrome

    Small bowel lymphoma

    Sphingomyelinase deficiency

    Spleen conditions - Hepatomegaly

    Starvation

    Still's Disease, Juvenile-Onset

    Stomach cancer

    Syphilis, congenital

    Tertiary syphilis

    Thalassemia - liver enlargement

    Thrombosis of the hepatic vein

    Thrombosis of the inferior vena cava

    Thyrotoxicosis

    Toxic hepatitis

    Toxocariasis

    Toxoplasma, congenital

    Tricuspid valve incompetence

    Tuberculosis

    Very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency

    Viral hepatitis

    Visceral larva migrans

    Visceral leishmaniasis

    Vitamin A

    Von Gierke syndrome

    WAGR Syndrome - Hepatomegaly

    Waldenström macroglobulinaemia

    Weil's syndrome - hepatomegaly

    Wilson's disease

    Wolcott-Rallison syndrome

    Zellweger Syndrome - Hepatomegaly

    Zimmermann-Laband syndrome

    Zollinger-Ellison syndrome - Hepatomegaly

    It may be mistaken for displacement of the liver by the diaphragm, in a respiratory disorder; by an abdominal tumor; by a spinal deformity, such as kyphosis; by the gallbladder; or by fecal material or a tumor in the colon.

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