Blood testing is not always 100% accurate. The doctor
may do another set of them and compare the results
to be sure. If the doctor believes the liver is
enlarged in size...he will usually have an ultrasound
or Ct scan done to look at the liver.
Enlargement of the liver comes from liver cell
damage that the immune system of the body will
respond to and cause inflammation inside the liver.
(which causes the enlargement)
All liver patients are told, NO alcohol and to be
sure they tell the doctor all medications they
are taking: over the counter, herbs, vitamins,
minerals, supplements, and prescription
prescribed by other doctors. Meds go through
the liver first, to be broken down, before going
to the rest of the body.
The liver takes any toxins out of our blood and
converts them into a non toxic form that the liver
can dispose of. It takes alcohol and converts
it to acetaldehyde, then to acetate, and then
to carbon dioxide and water (there are many more
steps than just these). If the person overconsumes
alcohol in a short time period it overwhelms the
liver. This causes the liver not to convert this
alcohol and it can go into toxic form to the liver
Some people who drink over long time periods
can develop a fatty liver infiltration inside the liver.
This causes pressure inside the liver that also
leads to liver cell damage.
Some people are very sensitive to alcohol,
as they would be other medications. That is
why some people can drink for ages without
having any medical problem, while others...
it doesn't take much to develop a problem.
Taking drugs with alcohol can cause a chemical
reaction in the body and damage the liver
I hope this information has been of some help to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient