It depends on what tests the doctors are
Doctors usually do blood tests:
(1) liver enzymes which show if there may
be damage to the liver cells.
(2) liver function tests to show if the cells
of the liver are functioning well to keep the
(3) viral testing to see if there is a liver
problem caused by a virus like Hepatitis
Blood tests are just a hint that there is
something wrong. There are a number
of different things that can cause a wrong
result...some are human error. Doctors
usually do more than one test to be sure
of the accuracy of the first one.
Some of the tests, known to test the liver,
are not always specific to the liver alone...
in other words...it may be a problem in
another organ who also has this same
If it turns out that this is a problem with the
liver.....It usually starts out as the cells
of the liver becoming damaged. The immune
system will respond to this damage and
cause inflammation to develop in the liver.
This inflammation will cause the liver to
enlarge in size. If the problem that caused
it is removed and the inflammation is
treated, the liver cells may heal.
Here is a list of some of the things that can
cause a liver problem: alcohol consumption,
medications toxification, chemical
exposure, fatty liver disease, mushroom
poisoning, biliary obstruction or malformation,
metabolic disorders, hereditary conditions,
auto immune disease, viral infections, and
there are others.
If the doctor thinks, from his blood work, that
there is a liver problem...he will examine
the patient. He usually will place his hand
in the upper right Quadrant of the abdomen
and see if he can feel an enlargement of
the liver. If he thinks he feels this...then
he will probably do a Ultrasound or Ct
scan to confirm it.
As long as it is taken care of early on, there
is a very good chance for reversal. It is
only when the liver cells die off that it
becomes a more serious and possibly
an irreversible disease like Cirrhosis.
I hope this information is of some help to you.
It is very hard to wait and see what really is