Hi for the query,
An increase in the size of the liver (hepatomegaly
) can be caused by various sources. From infections (viruses, bacteria, inflammatory diseases, genetic diseases and lysosomal storage diseases). Other conditions like heart failure
and portal hypertension
are also common causes.
biological exams to search for viral hapatitis and liver enzymes (ASAT, ALAT), GTP and other exams are usually needed in identifying the cause of the increase. An abdominal ultrasound
and CT scan could asked for in some extreme cases. Liver tumours, cysts and abcesses could cause this.
Hepatomegaly at times is usually operator dependent and might be necessary to be done again at times to confirm this result.
Consulting a gastroenterologist for a proper physical examination and selected paraclinical tests could be necessary to make a coordinated and reasonable diagnosis and making appropriate management plans. At times the increase in the size of the liver is due to a fatty liver
, usually due to alcohol consumption, Small increases at times might be benign, that is not serious, but deserves a proper evaluation.
Consulting a gastroenterologist is to me is the ideal thing to do.
Thanks and best regards,