Slightly enlarged liver (hepatomegaly) with normal liver values?

During my physical, the doctor pushed really hard up and under my right rib margin and said that my liver was slightly enlarged. My liver panel results were normal. I never drink more than one or two beers in a day, though I a little overweight (5'11" 195 lbs.). I am not diabetic and have no other health issues that I know of. Is this unusual? Cause for concern? I'm applying for an overseas work visa and they're making it into a sticking point.

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  • 9 years ago
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    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

    cells.

    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

    cells instantly.

    I hope this information has been of some help to you.

    Best wishes

    Source(s): caregiver to a liver transplant patient
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  • 9 years ago

    This is a warning sign that you need to quit drinking. You may think one or two isn't alot but 9/10 people underestimate what they drink plus over a period of time it mounts up.The liver is good at healing but it needs a rest from toxins.

    If you can function on a daily basis, exercise without passing out, then you should be ok but be careful.

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