Swollen liver symptoms

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Swollen liver symptoms
A swollen liver can indicate a number of medical problems. ("62(part 1) - The things that fade away" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: tourist_on_earth (Ben Newton) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

A swollen or enlarged liver is usually a sign of another health issue. Treatment for this health problem should be immediate.

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Swollen liver symptoms
A swollen liver can indicate a number of medical problems. ("62(part 1) - The things that fade away" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: tourist_on_earth (Ben Newton) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Liver Functions

An adult liver is about the size of a small football. It is the largest gland of the body and is located under the diaphragm. The liver is part of the digestive system and plays a vital role in the vascular system.

Symptoms

There are often no obvious symptoms of a swollen liver, but the Mayo Clinic reports that symptoms can include tenderness in the area of the liver (under the diaphragm), abdominal pain or jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin.

Causes

An enlarged liver is not an illness, but rather is an indicator of a more serious health issue, such as hepatitis, congestive heart failure, Epstein-Barr virus, alcoholism or cancer.

Swollen liver symptoms
Swollen liver treatment depends on the diagnosis. ("Doctor" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Daquella manera (Daniel Lobo) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Treatment

Treatment for a swollen liver ranges from medication to a liver transplant, depending on the diagnosis. Your doctor will address the underlying cause first, to help reduce swelling of the liver.

Warnings

If you suspect that you or someone you know has an enlarged liver, seek medical attention immediately. The sooner the underlying cause is addressed, the better chance of a healthy recovery.

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