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What Is a Liver Lesion?

Updated July 19, 2017

Liver lesions are small masses that grow within the liver. These lesions are usually non-cancerous, but can still be dangerous to patients if they cause the liver to malfunction.

Symptoms

According to California Pacific Medical Center, symptoms such as lesion bleeding, a feeling of fullness, nausea and pain around the abdomen are all common with liver lesions.

Causes

Several conditions including hemangioma, cystic disease and sarcoidosis can cause lesions to form on the liver. Alcohol, birth control pills and excessive narcotic consumption can also contribute to the condition.

Complications

The most common complication with liver lesions is jaundice. Jaundice occurs due to the liver malfunctioning when the lesions grow in size and number.

Treatment

Treatment for liver lesions is typically not needed unless the condition causes jaundice. According to California Pacific Medical Center, when jaundice appears, antibiotics are used to treat the liver lesions to prevent the jaundice from becoming serious.

Warning

Jaundice can become a serious medical condition. This condition occurs when the liver does not rid the body of certain byproducts of red blood cells. These byproducts are toxic to the brain. If left untreated, jaundice can cause permanent brain damage.

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