Enlarged Liver Problems

The liver is an extremely important organ as it is the seat of the five digestive fires of the human body and also the converter of plasma into blood. So, from an Ayurvedic point of view, the liver is the master controller of the entire body. However, the liver is susceptible to a large number of disorders also. One of these is the abnormal enlargement of the liver, which is known as hepatomegaly.

The increase in the size of the liver happens gradually due to various factors. Some of them are glandular fevers, hepatitis, malaria, liver abscesses and even more serious causes such as leukemia and lymphomas. When the enlargement of the liver occurs, there is an obstruction in breathing as the expanded liver pushes against the wall of the diaphragm and interferes with the respiratory canal. The irritation can cause coughing.

Enlargement of the liver can become a life-threatening condition. It is extremely essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. There are several methods in Ayurveda, which can help prevent and treat the condition of hepatomegaly.

(1) Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Liver Enlargement

1. Chicory (Chichorium intybus)
Chicory juice obtained from its flowers, seeds and roots is very beneficial in the treatment of several liver problems. Its juice is commonly prescribed to treat enlargement of the liver.

2. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion has a very positive effect on the liver, as it stimulates the liver to carry out its normal functions. It can be used in order to treat the condition of an enlarged liver.

3. Henna (Lawsonia inermis)
The bark of the henna plant is taken in powder form in 1.25 to 5 gram doses in order to treat the problem of liver enlargement. Alternatively, its decoction can also be taken in quantities of 30 to 60 grams.
4. Indian Aloe (Aloe barbadensis)
The Indian aloe is used in treatment of hepatomegaly. For treatment, the pulp of a single leaf of the plant is taken and mixed with black salt and ginger. This is taken every morning for ten continuous days.

5. Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
The kantakari herb is used in the treatment of enlargement of both the liver and the spleen, which is known as hepatosplenomegaly.

6. Trailing Eclipta (Eclipta alba)
The trailing eclipta is a creeper which has great benefits in the treatment of enlargement of the liver. It is taken in doses of one teaspoon twice a day. The herb is also beneficial if the enlargement of the liver is accompanied by the enlargement of the spleen.

(2) Dietary Treatments for Liver Enlargement

The liver is essential for digestion. Hence it is very important not to consume any food that is difficult to digest when there is a liver enlargement. All fried foods, spicy and salty foods must be avoided. Sour foods are also not good as they can increase the acidity within the stomach and the digestive system. Even curds should not be eaten. However, properly churned buttermilk is good for liver ailments.

Bitter tastes are positive indications in the treatment of hepatomegaly. These can be obtained from bitter gourd and bitter drumstick. They should be included in the daily diet. Sugars can be taken in the form of glucose. In fact a spoonful of glucose must be put in a cup of water and had once a day to regain lost energy and to help the liver in its normal functioning.

Among fats, buffalo’s milk should be avoided. Cow’s and goat’s milk are positive indications. If you can get hold of camel’s milk, then you must consume it as it is considered to be a beneficial factor for people with liver enlargement problems.

(3) Ayurvedic Treatments for Liver Enlargement

For almost all liver problems, Bhringaraj is the drug of choice. This is made from the herb trailing eclipta. This is a very bitter tonic, which is taken with honey to improve the taste.

Picrorrhiza (kutki) and turpeth (nisoth) are also good medications prescribed for liver enlargement. The Arogyavardhini vati can be prescribed which contains a mixture of both these herbs in powder forms.

For liver enlargement, the dhaatu of copper is also generally prescribed. It is taken in the form of a bhasma. Copper is a component of the Arogyavardhini vati.

(4) Home Remedies for Liver Enlargement

1. Consume a regular diet of eggplants. This helps to reduce the enlargement of the liver and to bring it back to its original size.

2. Prepare a half-cup of juice of the bitter gourd. Put some salt in it. Have this on an empty stomach in the morning. This is by far the best home remedy for liver enlargement and even other kinds of liver problems including diabetes mellitus.

3. Spearmint is also beneficial in liver enlargement. You must have its juice sweetened with sugar for a continuous period of ten days.

4. Consume at least half a papaya every day.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    my 13 year old dog has enlarged heart and liver problems he hates his prescripition diet food what else can I?

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog is on a prescription diet,do not add anything to it,unless you ask the vet first.If one of the reasons for the diet is for example something like a sodium restriction,adding broth or gravy could be bad for it’s health.There are many supplements formulated for dogs available to add to their food,to make them taste better.Talk to your vet and see if he can recommend a supplement,or another food,that would be safe to add to your dogs present food.

  2. QUESTION:
    I am having an enlarged liver, is that dangerous for my life?
    I have been diagnosed with an enlarged, fatty liver problem, is that dangerous? Could it lead to cirrhosis’s, and is there any medications to get the liver back to its normal size? I am moderately obese also, so if I reduce my weight more, could my fatty liver come back to its normal size? I also have a large abdomen, so if I lessened my abdomen size, could that also help? A couple of doctors have told me that usually all obese people will have enlarged, fatty liver problems, and that there is no medications for that, except to avoid alcohol. I also have changed my diet to eat lesser than before, and also avoid junk, oily and sugary foods most of the time. Could this type of diet change also help to solve this problem? I have heard that by following a healthy diet, the liver can get shrunk to its normal size, and become regenerated once again.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have Homoeopathic medicine CARDUAS M.——-30 potency & Q potency of SBL or any reputed make 30 ml pack each. Now take 30 potency medicine 1 drop in half cup water thrice daily till the cure of problem. Have Q potency medicine 10 drops in 5ml coconut oil mix it well & massage this oil to the right side lowest rib area twice daily. I hope that your liver will be in normal shape with in 15-20 days.
      Have dry FIGS 100 gm from market & chew 4 Figs at bed time in such a manner that there seeds are completely crushed then swallow them & drink warm water.It will also help to improve mal function of the liver.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does a enlarged liver ever go back to normal?
    My fiancee has a drinking problem and was diagnoised with a enlarged liver a little less than a year ago. He has decreased his drinking a little but its still pretty bad the other night he went to the ER and he said they told him his liver went back to its normal size but I dont believe him. Is that even possible if he is still drinking pretty heavy?

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely urgent that he stop drinking. My brother in law was a heavy drinker and he almost died from it. He stopped drinking 2 years ago and his liver is back to normal. The liver is one of our organs that does heal itself (amazing) but it can’t if he doesn’t stop the drinking. Get him some help immediately. I heard there are pills that help one stop drinking if they can’t on their own. Check into it.

  4. QUESTION:
    Liver problems – can someone please help me – very scared?
    Coles notes version:

    February of this year: feeling bloated and yucky. Went to doctor where she thought my gall bladder was enlarged.

    Had ultrasound which revealed mildly enlarged liver at 17.5cm. She said it wasn’t a big deal. Blood test was done, and everything came back fine – liver function tests great, no hep, no cancer etc.

    Fast forward 2 months later – my liver is STILL enlarge, and I can feel it more and more. It feels uncomfortable and swollen. I have booked another doctor’s appointment, but it’s not until May.

    I have no idea what’s causing my problem, and I’m very worried. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I’m not overweight, I eat well, and I’m generally feeling fine. My biggest complaint is fear because my liver is getting bigger. I’m not green, my bathroom habits are the same and I’m not overly tired.

    Does anyone have ANY idea? What can it be if it’s not cancer, hepatitis, flu etc.?

    I also have no fever.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds to me that what you have is an invasion of tiny worms called Toxocara Canis which come from dogs and dogs only. These worms invade all organs of the body, especially the liver. If you’re around dogs, I can almost guarantee you that this is the problem. Go to a doc and have your blood tested for this parasite.

  5. QUESTION:
    Advice with my Liver problems??
    I have been told that i have an enlarged liver due to my drinking habits. Right, i have stopped drinking and haven’t had a drink for 2 days now. My blood tests showed that part of my liver has stopped repairing itself and the only way to sort this out is by stopping drinking..which ive now done….(or am doing). Ive read up on the net that ‘Milk Thistle’ is good for your Liver so i went and got some of that today, but is there any thing else i should be avoiding, any particular foods forinstance? Im in a lot of pain at the moment but my doc says pain killers can irritate my problem so ive basically just got to put up with it, does anyone know how to soothe this pain in my side obviously caused by my Liver… two questions i know but id appreciate any answers…thnx in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, if your pain is severe and keeps you on the couch i would suggest that you go to a pain clinic and see someone that specializes in pain control! they may have an idea of how to help you with your pain so that you do not have to suffer. i have been reading a book “Natural Cures” by Kevin Trudeau. i highly recommend this book to every single person!! i don’t have any answers for you, i just started the book, but in the back he has the following web sites listed : www.extendhealth.com www.healthline.cc www.instituteforvibrantliving.com www.dr-schulze.com for Phytonutrients try also www.healthline.cc i hope these sites are current and i hope they help you! going to a chiropractor can help as well. when your spine is out of line it effects your entire health and well being!! a Chiro may be able to help ease your pain as well. i’ll send you thoughts of healing. you have the power to make yourself better, so i am told, i myself am still trying … but No seriously since i have gone to my Chiropractor and have begun exercise starting with simple stretching and have started to eat better and to add lots of greens to my diet and nutritional supplements. take care and god speed in healing.

  6. QUESTION:
    what could be the problem if someone has enlarged liver?
    enlarged liver?

    • ANSWER:
      An enlarged liver could signify inflammation. This liver
      problem can occur for the following reasons:
      (1)alcohol consumption, (2)medications that are toxic to the
      liver,(3) chemical exposure, (4)hereditary conditions where
      the body has a hard time ridding itself of copper and iron,
      (5)viral or bacterial hepatitis, (6)biliary problem where a stone
      blocks the flow of bile or the bile ducts become twisted
      or malformed,(7) autoimmune disease where the immune
      system of ones own body turns on itself (8) mushroom
      poisoning (9) metabolic disorders (10) fatty liver and others.

      The doctor can do blood tests to see if there is liver damage
      and how well the liver is functioning and if there is an
      infection occurring. Once he does this test, which he may
      do a number of times to be sure of it’s accuracy, he will
      move to other tests to see how the blood is flowing to
      the liver and the appearance of the liver itself and whether
      it has any kind of tumors. This takes time and it is hard
      on the patient to wait for the results…but, until all the results
      are in, the doctor will not be able to treat it as well except
      for trying to reduce the inflammation. Once he knows the
      cause, he can advance further in your treatment.

      If there is anything listed above, that you might be doing…
      stopping that can help the liver heal. Inflammation of the
      liver cells can heal and reverse with proper treatment…
      it is only when the cells of the liver start to die, then there
      isn’t much the doctors can do but slow the process of the
      healthy cells dying also.

      If your liver is enlarged, try to be careful about being
      around others who are sick and if you cannot wash your
      hands, carry purel and other germ X products with you.
      Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables and don’t eat out
      of communal salad bars and dips. All medications are
      processed through the liver before going to the rest of
      the body, be sure to inform the doctor of all medications
      you are taking…including over the counter, herbs, herbal
      teas, and medications prescribed by other doctors.
      You want to prevent coming down with any other illness
      till your liver is healed as you don’t want to have to take
      additional medication that can harm your liver or put
      added strain on it right now.

      This is a link to the worst case of liver disease, known as
      cirrhosis:

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

      I hope this information helps you.

  7. QUESTION:
    Liver problems?
    I was diagnosed with a enlarged liver due to enzymes, but my question is can it affect your stomach and nerves also?

    • ANSWER:
      OK well i saw that no one answered so I guess i will. I don’t know I just felt bad that no one answered so just call your Dr. and ask them. Hope everything turns out well! :)*

  8. QUESTION:
    About HepC and liver problems?
    My husband has HepC and he has undergone the Pegasys/Ribovarin treatment. That ended in Jan. ’06, was a 48 wk program. He still has many problems, the biggest is his liver still gets enlarged, causes him alot of pain. You can see a hump on his stomach where his liver is at. He went to the hosp. today and he had some blood tests done. All came back OK, so they just sent him home. He does have the flu, but this happens quite frequently and he doesn’t always have to be sick for this to happen. He did have a CT scan done but that came back OK too. No signs of cancer or tumors. All of his tests come back OK, but he still has alot of pain and his liver still swells up. Why?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem with Hep C (HCV-Hepatitis C Virus) is that it takes so long to reveal itself. There are occasions where people are put on the transplant list just days after finding they have HCV. HCV slowly destroys the liver. It’s usually a very slow process, with 4 stages of fibrosis (death of cells), 4 stages of cirrhosis (death of areas of liver & little or no liver activity), and then they use a scoring system to determine who needs a transplant the worst (only 15 – 20% get transplants under best of conditions.)
      He may have cleared the virus, but how much damage was done first? Yes, a liver can repair itself, but it can take a long time and it depends just how much damage there is. By the way, clearing the virus doesn’t mean he’s cured, it means HCV is in remission. It can & often does come back.
      The pain he feels is not his liver, there aren’t the usual nerve endings for pain in there. What he’s feeling is most often pain from other organs when the swelling puts pressure on them. HCV can indirectly cause damage to many of these organs. When your liver doen’t work well many organs try to work harder to compensate.
      Go to some of the HCV support sites. Most of them, in addition to support and general info. have liver friendly recipes. A nutritionist is another way to go, if you have insurance that will cover it. Liver friendly recipes can go a long way towards reducing the swelling from an injured liver trying to do its job, and that in turn should reduce the pain.
      There is also the normal reaction to the swelling. Remember, this disease has no cure and it can kill. There are people who have panic disorders and depression who would be more strongly affected by pain. Especially when they can look down and see the area swelling up. An anticipation of pain can bring pain. Panic disorders, depression, and other mental disorders are by no means uncommon in HCV carriers. It might prove beneficial to try an anti-depressant for a while.
      I think the liver friendly diet will help solve most of the problem. If it is still a problem, seeing a Pyschiatrist for meds. might also help. In the end though, this damned disease causes so many different things to happen that it may just be something that only pain pills or great inner resolve can control.

  9. QUESTION:
    Doctor said my liver was enlarged. What does that mean?
    I went to the doctor and he said my liver was enlarged. He sent me for blood work and I go back in a few days to find out the results. In the past I only drank about 1 to 2 times a year and it’s been about 3 years since I’ve had anything at all. Usually you hear drinking causes liver problems or abuse of over the counter medicines. I very seldom take any tylenol/advil. Any suggestions of what this could be?
    This was a first visit with a new doctor. New patient/doctor visit. Routine check up.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a number of issues, including tumor… your doctor may do a number of test to diagnose the cause. but for now, I suggest eating healthy. veggies and fruits are great for the body…

  10. QUESTION:
    my dog had a enlarged liver and is having regular fever my vet said use liv 52 it will gradually cures but?
    today i gave paracetmol 200mg as it is having more fever ,is it a problem for it some one please help me regarding this?

    • ANSWER:
      You should not give your dog ANY anti-inflammatory medication without consulting your vet as your dog has a liver condition. Paracetamol can cause liver necrosis in dogs to begin with, giving it to a dog who already has liver damage is a very bad idea.

      I would consider getting a second opinion about your dog’s condition as far as just giving liv 52. It is recommended as a supportive treatment but further treatment may be necessary especially considering that your dog continues to have a fever.

  11. QUESTION:
    question about liver problems?
    My husnad went to the dr a few years ago. The Dr asked if he drank. He stated …”a little”. I would say a case a day is slightly more than a little… anyway, The dr said his liver is enlarged about 2 cm. Is that a Big amount? He wont stop drinking and said he will probablly die drinking. What size is real bad? He already has a bloated body,poor circulation, don’t eat a lot and hasn’t lost any weight, but sleeps all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is the number one reason for
      cirrhosis of the liver. If the liver is
      enlarged, it signifies that there is
      inflammation inside of it. The doctor
      can feel that on examination and if he
      feels that, he may get either an ultrasound
      or Ct scan to confirm it.
      All liver patients are told not to drink any
      alcohol. If the doctor is sure that alcohol
      is the cause of it, stopping the alcohol and
      following the doctors orders could reverse
      the condition. However, if he continues
      to drink and it is not treated…it could lead
      to death of the liver cells and then there
      is no turning back. He will be on his
      way for having cirrhosis of the liver that
      leads to a transplant. This is a horrible
      disease. He may feel fine now, but he
      will become more tired as time goes on.
      He will develop his whites of his eyes
      turning yellow and his skin also. His
      abdominal area will enlarge with fluid
      that has to be drained…otherwise he
      will have difficulty eatting or breathing because of all the pressure. He May
      develop “encephalopathy” in which he
      won’t be able to think clearly and someone
      else is going to have to handle his affairs
      now. That means an advanced directive
      or power of attorney needs to be set up.
      He could also develop a problem with
      the blood trying to find its way back to the
      heart and then varicose veins inside the
      esophagus could break open and bleed and
      he could bleed to death internally. If he
      ever coughs up blood or anything that
      looks like coffee grounds…get him to the
      ER fast…it is an emergency.
      He may not have any of this right now,
      cause the liver doesn’t usually show signs
      of a problem until the functions it does
      to keep the body well starts to deteriate.
      A transplant costs in the range of
      0,000.00 and up. The drugs you have
      to take afterwards can cost over ,000.00
      or more a year. You need the very best
      insurance that will cover this. There is
      no guarantee that comes with a transplant
      as far as how long you will live with one,
      whether an organ will become available for
      you, whether you will be well enough to
      withstand the long hours of 6 to 14 hours
      surgery, etc.
      There is alot more to this disease than
      meets the eye.
      I hope your husband will seek help now to
      try and stop the alcohol. The doctors have
      medications, if he is addicted, that will
      ease the transition of all the symptoms
      of coming off this fluid. There are also
      program for detox at the hospital.
      I am posting here so you can read more
      about cirrhosis and also a picture of
      someone with Ascites (which is build up
      of fluid in the abdominal area).

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cirrhosis/article_em.htm

      http://depts.washington.edu/physdx/liver/index.html

      There are many causes of cirrhosis of
      the liver not just alcohol. Some people
      can drink for years and never have a problem…others just take an occasional
      drink and their body is not able to handle
      it because their body is sensitive to it.
      I would take this very seriously, if he
      wants to continue to live.
      The doctor can do blood tests like
      the liver enzymes and the liver function tests
      to see how well his liver is doing and if
      there is any damage now. These tests,
      however, just gives the doctor an IDEA
      of what is happening in his body.

      I know this is hard, but the sooner he can
      turn things around the better off he will be.

  12. QUESTION:
    Has anyones baby had an enlarged liver please help!?
    my baby has gone to several apt’s with drs and cardiologist and the GI specialists he is diagnosed with failure to thrive but has recently started gaining weight. they are all now saying that his liver is enlarged i’m trying not to panic has anyone had there baby have this problem and turn out to be just fine? got an appointment in the morning again with the GI specialists but getting nervous!

    • ANSWER:
      This can be caused by a number of things so without a diagnosis of what is causing the enlarged liver it will be difficult to help you out. One thing that it can be from is when mom is rh negative and baby is positive, but usually that doesnt happen until a 2nd pregnancy. It can be from fas, or hydrops fetalis along with probably 100 other things, those are just some of the common ones. When you get a diagnosis you should research and see if there are support groups that can help you.

  13. QUESTION:
    10 yr. old Shih Tzu high liver enzyme (sap) & slightly enlarged liver. What type of diet should she be on ?
    I took her to the vet because of some symptoms she had developed. Due to her age liver & kidneys seem to be the first things that are checked. Blood workup showed the high serum alkaline phosphatose so an x-ray was done showing slight enlargement of the liver. I have concerns it maybe Cushings due to other symptoms she has, so we will do the test for that. However I would like to put her on a diet that would not aggravate the liver problem. Could someone suggest one? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      LOW salt, high in potassium. Bananas would be good to give her if she’ll eat them. Also, low in iron if you can. Lots of water of course. More water the better seeing as it will help flush out the toxins in her liver. Good luck sorry to hear about your doggy being sick :(

  14. QUESTION:
    Elevated Liver enzymes; anyone with advice or personal experience to share?
    I recently had lab tests done due to a persistent pain in the upper right side of my abdomen. The test results showed elevated liver enzymes. I have since had an ultrasound which showed no liver problems only an enlarged spleen; and I had a hepatitis panel drawn which was negative.
    I am taking pain meds to control the persistent pain, but I do not want to take these forever. At the present time, my physician has not determined the cause of the elevated liver enzymes or the persistent pain. (I do not have my gallbladder; it was removed approx. 2 years ago). I would appreciate anyone with a similar experience sharing his or her insights.

    • ANSWER:
      All natural Liver DTX Complex and NutriFeron have lowered individuals liver enzymes significantly.

      Liver DTX Complex: Contains plant-based healers such as milk thistle seed extract, dandelion, and turmeric that help flush out toxins, thwart free radicals, and support liver regeneration.

      NutriFeron: Contains plant extracts that strengthens immune response by boosting the body’s natural interferon.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  15. QUESTION:
    does anyone know if you can collect social security for having an enlarged liver?
    Was told I have a cronic problem with my liver its enlarged and has been for the past five years it gets worse at times and I cant stand or sit to long
    I want to thank everyone who has responded so far. I just want to say I do not have cirrhosis of the liver I dont drink that often. I was told a couple of years ago that I had an enlarged spleen and liver and it has not changed in five years. I have had all the blood work done nothing is wrong. They call it cronic pain and all I am allowed to take is extra st. tylenol nothing eles. I have a hard time sitting and standing for long peiods of time. When I do it feels as if someone has a knife in me or my insides are being torn out and rolling

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor, he can recommend it if he feels it’s necessary.

  16. QUESTION:
    My doctor told my blood test results were a little high, and it had something to do with bone marrow or liver.
    I don’t know what test he was talking about, but he said my results were about 40 points high. He said it was a little high, but not too much. All I know is it had something to do with bone marrow or liver problems. I also have an enlarged lymph node in my chest. My doctor referred me to a hematologist. What does all of this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      without knowing what the values are, no one can tell you anything. wait to see the hematologist for your answers.

  17. QUESTION:
    Liver problems, any ideas?
    I will try to keep this short. For 6 weeks or more I have had pain in my legs that
    gets worse when walking. At night I cannot get comfortable and try laying various
    ways to get to sleep until finally I just fall to sleep. I went to the Dr. and she
    said maybe bursitis, gave me 100 mg of Ultram ER. Which isn’t doing anything
    that I can see. I requested bloodwork as I was
    having symptoms of liver problems again (I had fatty liver a few years ago), They
    call the very next day and tell my husband that my liver function test was elevated
    again for some reason. I am scheduled for a liver/abdomanal scan this coming
    Friday. I have gained weight recently and am “swollen” “bloated” which started
    at christmas. I never found out why my liver was fatty back then they never
    diagnosed me and I am afraid that they never will. I hurt in the upper
    abdominal area after I eat and at times I can feel my “liver” which I think
    is enlarged again. It is difficult wearing my normal clothes. I am having
    night sweats waking up feeling like I am in an oven. I had a hysterectomy in the
    late 90′s. Also I have had some tarry stools. Does anyone have any suggestions
    where I can go to get some advice or where a good hepatologist is in Virginia?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm to be honest im a medical student and all your symptoms are those of a failing liver… as regards to why your liver was fatty well the most common cause is heavy drinking… are you a drinker?? the thing that caught my attention was that you said AT TIMES u feel ur liver… well a liver doesnt enlarge then shrink again in short periods… if it is enlarged it will stay that was until the cauative agent is removed… i dont believe your hysterectomy has anything to deal with your symptoms… tarry stools are a result of poor liver functions… Finally I dont live in Virginia so i cant really help u there…
      Hope you get well soon!!

  18. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to resolve problems with liver function?
    i was told by a doctor that my liver isn’t functioning properly. currently my liver is enlarged and about 16cm below my ribcage.i look pregnant but apart from that i feel okay most of the times.i am currently on lasix to help reduce abdominal fluid but about 2month ago it stopped reducing the fluid.my doctor says its because most of the swelling left is due to the enlarged liver. i would like to know if my abdominal size would ever go back to normal and if so how long would it take. does anyone know any drugs that helps liver function? pls help!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on what is causing your liver dysfuntion. Some causes are reversible and some are permanent.
      Ask your doctor for your exact diagnosis and the prognosis.
      No drugs help improve liver function. The underlying cause needs to be treated.

  19. QUESTION:
    Liver problems after hepatitis preventive injection?
    in 1994 [age 12] when i was about to enter middle school, i was required to get a shot for hepatitis to be allowed in. to prevent hep. i have never had it. although within a year after getting that shot i was diagnosed with a fatty liver.my liver enzymes were sky high and i had a biopsy. no one could ever tell me why i had that. my liver never got better. has anyone ever heard of this happening or have had it happen to them? my liver is still enlarged and messed up. i have other health issues now but somehow dr’s like to say that it has to be these conditions when i did not have them at that age.

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a vaccine for hepatitis B and Hepatitis A. If it was only one shot then it was A. If it was a series of three shots then it was B.

      Your fatty liver (steatohepatitis) is likely not due to the vaccine (but I don’t have enough info to absolutely sure). There are many conditions that cause a fatty liver and most are not infectious.

      The most common cause is due to alcohol (or other liver toxin ingestion like tyleonol). If it is not due to alcohol then it is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

      The major risk factors for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), central obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and metabolic syndrome are common in western societies. NAFLD is the most common liver disorder in Western industrialized countries, affecting 20 to 40 percent of the general population. Estimates of current prevalence range from 5 to 30 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, depending on the population studied

  20. QUESTION:
    I have an enlarged Liver, and I’m seriously scared?
    I went to the Doctor’s last Wednesday for an un-related problem (lower back pain from a broken back last year,) and the Doctor almost immediately focused on my liver. I told her that I had gotten out of (alcohol) rehab in March, and I have been abstinent now for about 5 months. She immediately did a blood test (liver panel,) sent me for x-rays, sent me for a liver ultrasound yesterday, put me on LASIX for severe edema, has ordered an eye exam for high blood pressure in my eyes, has hinted at more tests (biopsy?) and scheduled me for the follow-up exam on Thursday. She showed me how to locate the liver, and it IS enlarged – it protrudes about three finger widths below my bottom rib, and I saw it on the ultrasound. Does anyone have any medical opinions? I appear otherwise to be totally healthy, but these things all point to a grim outcome. Does anyone have any philosophical opinions? As soon as I started doing the “right” things, the world has come crasshing down upon me, and I’m SCARED!

    • ANSWER:
      You have nothing to fear now that you have stopped drinking. Alcohol is toxic to the liver and causes inflammation, scarring, cirrhosis and eventually death. Once you stop drinking, the progression completely stops. However, there is a chance that you may have to live with the existing damage that has occured. Be glad that all you are dealing with is water retention because this can be dealt with easily by medication such as Lasix. Now go on and live your life and enjoy your new found sobriety!

  21. QUESTION:
    My nephew was just born and he has some health problems can someone explain?
    My nephew was just born and he has some health problems. I haven’t been given that much info but this is what i do know, he has a cleft palate he doesn’t have a cleft lip and an enlarged liver. Can someone explain about the liver and what might be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm…maybe check on Web Md or Mayo clinic website to find out more about it. Mayo clinic usually has some of the best information. I hope he does better and will pray for him.

  22. QUESTION:
    would saw palmetto raise my liver ensymes or injure it?
    I recenty had my blood drawn for life insurance. the test came back as liver problems elevated something? would products im taking for an enlarged prostrate cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      Many people are under the assumption that because something is a natural supplement it won’t harm their body. The liver filters everything you eat, drink, inhale, and put on your skin. It is possible that the supplement is affecting your liver. Liver enzymes are actually dead liver cells. Elevated enzymes indicate damage to the liver. Talk to your doctor about this or maybe stop the supplements. If the elevated liver enzymes continue, you will need further tests. Hepatitis C is a disease that many people are unaware that they have because there are often no symptoms. You may want to be tested for hep c. Over 4 million people in the US have it. Risk factors are blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992, IV drug use even if only one time many years ago, tattoos, piercings, mother to child transmission, pnuematic vaccinations given by the military (Vietnam vet era), kidney dialysis, snorting drugs & sharing the straw or dollar bill, sharing razors or toothbrushes with someone who has Hep c even if they don’t know it yet.
      Hope this helps. Best wishes to you.

  23. QUESTION:
    my dog has an enlarged liver?
    please don’t be harsh with the comments, they aren’t just animals, they are indeed friends. my dog has had hip problems and when she is hurting bad some days we give her aspirin and she is okay. she has been having bad hip problems, so we thought, so my mom took her to the vet because it got unbearable to the point where she would yipe getting up. the vet said her liver is enlarged (x-ray proved it). i don’t know how much or for how long but the vet gave her an injection of some sort and said to not let her do much moving for 2 weeks. now we have 2 dogs, her and my other dog. the other dog is really hyper and bugs my dog who’s sick. and tomorrow i am having a party at my house and my dogs get wild during them. what can i do to make sure my dog will hopefully get better? is there anyway i can keep my dogs calm? what are the chances of me losing my best friend? can someone, hopefully a vet, please answer with sensitivity and help me out. ive been crying ever since i heard about it and need to know some things to maybe make me feel better. she looks alright but i just want to make sure she will be alright. im really worried.
    by the way, she just turned about 8, and is overweight.
    its about 7 hours after she was at the vet. she stayed on the couch and the other dog was very cooperative so far. my sick dog stayed on the couch for almost all of the time. she is still drowsy from the vet. she was able to get off the couch without yiping, she still looks a little hurt but itll all get better within time, she has meds to take now, we wont give her any medicine as of now, the vet said her stomach was fine though. she still can eat, and she drank a lot of water then got back on the couch. she looks much better. and still wags her tail, im thinking its pretty good so far

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to tell you but aspirin could be the reason why your dog is in so much pain. Aspirin has a lot of side effects and enlarged liver could be from it.
      Aspirin isn’t too safe for people either.
      Would it be an option for you to keep your (sick) dog at the vet for a time of your party? Most vets will provide kennel services for around a day. Because your dog is ill this will ensure that he has knowledgeable care while she is there.

      Try not to medicate your dogs unless prescribed by veterinarian.

      With her problems I wouldn’t medicate her to calm her down without talking to your vet.
      They will always happy to tell you what to do over the phone before they ask you to come in.

  24. QUESTION:
    Has anyone out there been told that their liver is enlarged? or have fatty liver?
    Does that mean that they can’t drink alcohol anymore? Will it progress to something worse. ANyone out there with same problem please give your opinion.

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone having cirrhosis had an enlarged liver at some time in the progression of their disease. I had cirrhosis and had to get a transplant. I was told by my doctors that my liver was enlarged at first, but as the disease progressed, my liver started to shrivel up and become very small as it was dying. It’s time to get a transplant when that happens.

      No, you should not drink any alcohol since that causes more inflammation. Too much inflammation leads to fibrosis which then can lead to cirrhosis if left untreated. There are many reasons the liver can enlarge such as alcohol abuse over time, autoimmune disease, too much iron, fatty liver that progresses to a condition called NASH, etc. It depends on whether or not you can stop what is causing the inflammation in the first place. If you can do that, then the progression of the liver damage should stop. The exception is that when the damage gets to a certain point of severity, it will progress no matter what you do. You might be able to slow it down some, but one the damage is severe, only a transplant will save you which is what happened to me.

      Talk to a gastroenterologist about your condition and find out what is going on and what you can do to get rid of the inflammation. And you most definitely should not be drinking any alcohol.

  25. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

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  26. QUESTION:
    Scarring of the liver and cirrhosis?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:
      Lena, an alcoholic is THE most difficult of all patients to help, especially when you want to do so much. ALL that you describe is due to alcohol. At first alcohol causes liver cells to fill with fat and produce an enlarged fatty liver which alone has caused sudden death. In time, as liver cells die, scarring results and can then progress (under the microscope) to produce a smaller scarred liver called alcoholic cirrhosis. The liver then produces inadequate clotting factors which can produce skin and other hemorrhages, as well as leak fluid into the belly (ascites), and change blood circulation to overload and damage an eenlarging heart under strain as well as dilated, thin-walled esophageal veins (varices) which can anytime suddenly rupture as great quantities of blood are coughed up. Hepatitis c also damages the liver and is believed to be a cause of liver cancer. As long as your husband continues to drink alcohol, he will continue to go downhill and die in spite of your efforts. Try the phone book or call Al-Anon, an organization for spouses of alcoholics for much more information on how to deal with your extremely difficult situation. You cannot go it alone and expect and success.

  27. QUESTION:
    Enlarged liver – 400?
    My mom was told her liver was enlarged to a 400, a normal liver being a 100. Does anybody else have this problem? If so what is the causes. What can be done to bring it back to a normal liver?

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  28. QUESTION:
    Elderly patient with liver disease including sirosis and Hep C. What is prognosis?
    79 years old. Has had liver problems for past 4 years. Always told by hospital that she has enlarged liver and liver disease. Was never told what the liver disease is until now. She was taken to a modern hospital who gave details this time. Sirosis and Hep C which is causing monthly hospitalizations.

    Are we talking 6 months or less
    Hospitalizations: Incoherent, non-responsive, dehydrated, dimentia, high amonia in blood, inemic, high fever, enlarged liver……always given fluids and antibiotics…..hospital stays avg. 4 days. Now doctor is talking hospice.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry but the prognosis is poor. I don’t think anybody in USA (is it USA?) is perfoming liver transplantations in such cases (the patient is 79 yrs old). Usually patients with decompensated cirrhosis die within 5 years from the first epizode of decompensation with ascites. But there are exceptions!

  29. QUESTION:
    do guys with large abdomens have spinal problems from so much weight he carries in the front?
    I’ve heard it’s usually a beer belly, and it’s not fat, it’s an enlarged liver.
    Yes it can get that big, like a big yellow sponge. Anyway I didn’t like the question about breasts meant to belittle women.

    • ANSWER:
      Who cares.Being fat has many serious consequences.Fatties are repulsive and I hate it when people say that its whats on the inside that counts.The real world does not believe that for one minute.Whether your fat from drinking or eating does not matter.It is not the liver that grows it is the empty calories that create the fat slob.

  30. QUESTION:
    a possible enlarged liver?
    i have asked a similar question the other day i went to the drs the other day as i had a nigglerly pain now and again around the right rib cage and he said he wasnt sure if he could feel an enlarged liver as im a over weight a bit, iv just had a blood test but i wont get the results untill the end of next week, i have drank quite heavily for the past 5 years he told me to cut down obviously, i havnt had a drink since monday on seeing the dr he has put the fear of god in me i did notice a itchy rash on the inside of my arm the other day like prickly heat then it started around the front of my neck now its on my stomach the problem im worried i read on the internet cirrhosis make you itch since iv read that, ifeel im getting worse and its getting itchier im covered nearly waiste up please help i dont think i can make not knowing anything untill next weekend

    • ANSWER:
      ………First thing is how is your gallbladder, did the doctor tell you anything about it?
      ……..Your body starts to itch because the bile especially conjugated bilirubin is unable to be expelled from the body,
      ……….Has the colour of your stools or urine changed?
      ………Is your sclera changed colour?

      Hope you get well soon, dont worry, it may be just a case of viral hepatitis or the primary cirrhosis that will regress after proper management

  31. QUESTION:
    Fibromyalgia or real Liver Problem?
    I have fibromyalgia. A month ago, I had a hysterectomy. Now, my liver is enlarged– and my liver panel shows that my alkaline phosphatase is somewhat elevated. I have had a CAT scan and a sonogram. Both show an enlarged liver…. but I am hurting all over… not just the liver area. I see a gastroenterologist soon… and am terrified he will want to do a liver biopsy. I am not fond of a needle going into my liver. I was HEALTHY until the surgery– a hysterectomy… now it hurts below both ribs, my rib cage hurts, my lower back muscles hurt… I am in a mess. If you were me… and you had a history of fibromyalgia… and this was following a surgery… what would you do? My fibromyalgia had gone into remission until the surgery. My liver was fine before the surgery. I just don’t know what to do. Any help/advice would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont really have an answer to your question. But a liver biopsy is not that bad. The only thing I can mention is that B5, pantothenic acid, helps the liver with energy and whatnot…just incase you might need for liver to be functioning better lol. Sorry to hear about your pain. Hope ya get better.

  32. QUESTION:
    swollen feet, legs, calves, thighs, groin, stomach, liver for 4 months.?
    A little less than 4 months ago I was diagnosed with having an enlarged liver due to fat on it. According to ct scan, minimal amount. Before it starting hurting, I started swelling. Not just a little, but to the point I have blisters between my toes, bruises on my feet, blisters in the groin area, and noticeable lumps throughout my legs (which hurt when touched) It is ruining my life in so many ways. Depression, can’t handle to sit, or lay, or be touched. I can’t wear shoes, gaining weight fast, and tired all the time. It’s really unbearable for someone to deal with on a day to day basis. The swelling has gone down 3 times in 4 months, not sure why, but it did go down. Not completely gone, but down. My dr. knows about it, insisted it was from hernia. 2 Wkes ago the hernia was removed. About the size of a golf ball. No biggie, but the swelling has persisted. Not all the time is my liver swollen while I’m swollen but when it does, omg it hurts. Hurts into the back. Even though the CT scan said my liver wasn’t that bad, could it be the culprit on causing all the swelling? I feel as I’m dying from the inside out so you must understand, I need some advice. My dr. doesn’t want to help me find the answers so I’m asking anyone out there who has a liver problem (cirrhosis) but not from drinking alcohol) has this ever happened to them? Or anyone who Medullary sponge kidney. I’ve had it for 20 yrs. had 17 lithotripsies and have scarring in both kidneys. Could that be causing such severe swelling? I need help soon.

    Thank you :o)
    Andrea

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  33. QUESTION:
    My dog is over 12.5 years old and sick, how do you know when a dog is in real pain?
    he has an enlarged heart, liver problem, and has not eaten for 2 days, just sleeps all the time. with out eating he is weak and had a heart time keeping his balance, also losing weight.

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  34. QUESTION:
    hepatology liver disease?
    liver disease my freind has purple spots on his arm went to the doc freind has enlarged liver and a problem with his liver could be revesiable but keeps driking and taking prescribed drugs accetephimine vicodin help is he going 2 die?????????????? doc says 4-5 years and he wont stop drinking and taking pills p[urple spots showed up 6 months ago

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  35. QUESTION:
    Will an enlarged liver secondary to 10+ years drinking reduce in size on its own ?
    I know I have to see a doctor, plan to make an appt. tomorrow, but would like to ask the public if they have any experience with this. I am a month sober, have had occasional shortness of breath and feel liver pressing on diaphragm/ ribs. The last time I had shortness of breath was a few weeks ago, and I got it again today. Will I eventually be OK where I don’t have these symptoms, or is this going to be a problem for life? I have also had circulation to my right arm affected, but the symptoms of this are greatly diminished, so I figure I am overall getting better slowly. Am I right or am I doomed?

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  36. QUESTION:
    cure for liver enlargement……?
    for the past 2months my girlfriend is taking FLUNARIN 5MG daily for some nerve problem (sever headache)and she also having fits problem,coz of this tablet doctor saying her liver is enlarged.the problem is she cant stop that tablet ….pls tell me any treatment for liver enlargement.(without side effects.prefer home remedy).

    • ANSWER:
      drink spearmint juice with added sugar for 10 days
      or
      a daily intake of a half a cup of bitter gourd with salt

  37. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with a human biology/medical question?
    Luke is a 24 yr old athlete who is bigger than most of his friends. He thinks this is great, and it helps him excel in his favorite sports. Lately though, his voice has gotten deeper, his hair coarser, his feet seem larger and his sneakers don’t fit. He sweats a lot an he has developed unpleasant body odor. His latest physical showed he has hyperglycemia, and enlarged liver, and he is developing vision problems. A CT scan of his head reveals a benign tumor. What is wrong with him?

    • ANSWER:
      He has a HGH secreting pituitary tumor. It is called acromegaly. The tumor is also putting pressure on the optic nerve causing vision problems.

      Say thanks for the help with your homework.

  38. QUESTION:
    Mexicans wanting border agents arrested & put in jail nevermind their illegal was high & causing problems?
    SAN DIEGO (AP) ― An attorney for a Mexican man who died after being shocked with a stun gun by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer said Monday the sequence of events described in an autopsy report bolsters his case that the officer used excessive force.

    The autopsy released Friday confirmed preliminary findings that Anastasio Hernandez died of a heart attack, with a heart condition and methamphetamine use listed as contributing factors.

    It offered the most detailed account yet of how the illegal immigrant died May 29, a day after agents were returning him to Tijuana, Mexico, at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing.

    The report by the San Diego County medical examiner’s office said Hernandez, 42, became unresponsive shortly after he was shot by the Taser, apparently three or four times. He had Taser marks on his right side and left buttock, the report said.

    “It appears to me that the use of the Taser caused the heart attack, which caused him to stop breathing,” said Eugene Iredale, an attorney for the Hernandez family.

    Dr. Zeev Kain, chairman of the anesthesiology and perioperative care department at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, questioned why the officer shot Hernandez three or four times but said there was no doubt that methamphetamine use — and apparently related heart and liver problems — played a part in the death.

    Hernandez had 0.16 milligrams of methamphetamine per liter of blood, which the autopsy characterized as acute. He also had an enlarged heart and fatty liver, which, according to Kain, suggest methamphetamine use.

    “It’s not that straightforward a case,” said Kain, who reviewed the report at the request of The Associated Press.

    Iredale, the Hernandez family attorney, characterized the methamphetamine levels as “relatively small.”

    The coroner has ruled the death a homicide.

    The report said Hernandez was “agitated and confrontational” after he was detained by Border Patrol agents crossing the border illegally and became “suddenly violent” when his handcuffs were removed at the border crossing.

    The report does not say if Hernandez was handcuffed and face down when he was shot, as Iredale says one witness has described. Each shot, Iredale said, would have paralyzed him for several seconds.

    “I don’t understand why, if he was handcuffed and face down, there would be a need for any Taser at all,” he said.

    Customs and Border Protection declined to comment on the autopsy findings, saying a thorough investigation should be done before any conclusions are reached.

    San Diego police have finished its investigation and will share the results with federal prosecutors, who will decide whether to pursue criminal charges, Lt. Kevin Rooney said last week.http://cbs2.com/wireapnewsca/Attorney.Autopsy.suggests.2.1813537.html

    • ANSWER:
      I like how they want to show this guy was saint and model citizen. He had an enlarged heart and fatty liver, meaning he abused his health so bad that when these guys get high on methamphetamines they do not react like a normal person would. Here the Mexicans are wanting to file lawsuits and of course they are wanting few million dollars.But when their people harm US citizens they do not have to pay anyone or anybody. It’s like to bad.But let an illegal get hurt breaking the laws and Mexico suddenly has money to furnish lawyers for the family and at the same time I am to believe Mexico has no money to provide meals for their people ? La Raza, activists all come out in full force. They do not care this illegal abused his health so bad it caught up with him. Had he stayed where he belonged he would be alive doing whatever.

  39. QUESTION:
    I just found out my liver is a little enlarged?
    Hey, im 16 years old male. I have been having abdom problems for awhile now mostly poop types of problems including constipation digestion. I just got a xray done of my stomach to check for constipation and the doctor found a large liver. Im scared out of my mind right now. Tomorrow is when I will have blood work done. What does this mean for me with a big liver? Idk if its naturally large or not this is my first time doing a check on it. My apetite hasn’t changed i’ve googled a bunch of stuff it could be hepatitis and stuff but I don’t know how I would get exposed for it. Just confused right now.

    • ANSWER:
      An enlarged liver, signifies an inflammation.
      Let me explain:
      There are many causes of this:
      alcohol consumption; medication toxification;
      chemical exposure; mushroom poisoning;
      fatty liver disease; viral infections like Hep A,B,C;
      parasite infections; biliary obstruction/malformation/
      infection; cardiac/vascular problems;
      parasite infections; hereditary problems where the
      body tends to hold onto too much iron or copper;
      metabolic problems where the liver isn’t able to
      handle glucose efficiently or there is a lack of a
      certain enzymes; autoimmune disease; and
      there are others.

      If the cause can be found and stopped and
      the inflammation is treated…the liver cells can
      heal and the problem will go away.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the
      immune system of a person’s body will
      respond to this damage and cause
      inflammation to develop in the liver.
      This inflammation is what causes the liver
      to enlarge in size.

      The doctor does blood testing to get an idea
      if there is a liver problem:
      The liver enzymes show a possible damage to
      the liver cells; the liver function test show if
      the liver cells are able to do the necessary function
      of the liver to keep the body well; the liver viral
      tests will show if a virus has entered the body
      and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.

      An ultrasound or Ct scan will show if the liver
      is enlarged, if there are any growths/tumors
      in the liver, the appearance of the liver, and
      how the blood is flowing through it.

      Some people have a larger size liver…it depends
      on what the other testing has shown, whether this
      is considered to be liver disease.

      I hope this information has been of some help
      to you. If you do find this is a liver/biliary problem..
      ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist
      (deals with the entire digestive system) or a
      hepatologist (which is a liver specialist).

      Best wishes to you.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there a herbal remedy for Fatty Liver disease?
    I have a very enlarged liver because of Non alcoholic fatty liver disease.I don’t drink alcohol but I do take a lot of medications and have for many years.The medications are essential.I know I can’t cure my liver but there must be something I could take to help my liver work and last longer.I am a 61 yr. old gal with lots of other health problems.Takeing another med for my liver seems to just add to the work it has to do.Is there something that is good for it and it would apppreciate a little help.I am not overweight and try to stay active but sometimes my abdomen is very sore and bloated to the point that I can’t where anything around my middle so I were dresses all the time.Unfortunately my tummy looks like I am 7 months pregnant.I just got this diagnosis from a recent ultra sound which also revealed many large fibroids in my uterus.I can get those taken care of surgically but a liver transplant is something I what to avoid as long as possible.Any sugesstions would be appreciated and I will consult a doctor before trying anything.I just feel I should do a little research on my own..Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      well, your liver is what makes fat for your body. if you have a lazy liver, then instead of moving that fat out of your liver and into your butt or legs, your liver deposits the fat within itself. so, its a lazy liver.

      since this may be your problem, think of your liver like an extra butt. the best way to lose weight from your butt is to excerise, eat healthy, and SLOWLY lose weight. if you lose weight slowly, the weight (or fat) will come off your liver. if you lose weight rapidly, you actually end up making the matter worse as the liver does the opposite of what you want.

      i know that what ive said is bizarre. you need to see a hepatologist (or GI physician if in the U.S.) and have this explained to you in a matter that may make more sense….as i dont know your preferred learning style.

      basically, eat healthy and exercise in order to lose weight. that should help your fatty liver out!

      best wishes.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can I sue my Dr. For Verbal Abuse?
    I was hospitalized August 19, 2009 for Very bad Case of Bacterial Pneumonia. My Center for Disease control Physician Assistant visited me. Now Im Highly allergic to Penicillin’s and anything related. As well as Zithromax, Depacon, latex and couple other meds. Thats why the CDC had to give me meds in an IV. The on call dr. was very nasty, and The medicine I was on was making me vomit non stop, Diarrhea, caused me a low Magnesium level, Tachycardia, I wanted to be off of the medicine. The CDC doctor came in asked why I wasnt taking it. The Nurse was present and My husband, and the nurse explained I was violently ill the whole week from it and my PCP, and Pulmonologist said to stop the meds. The CDC Dr. Yelled at me ” You are ridiculous, You cant be allergic to everything in the world!” I said Im not taking it, I havent eaten in a week and Im really sick from it. Mind you, I was barely able to speak no more than 5 words before caughing up a lung. The Dr comes towards me wags her finger at me says” You are taking it weather you like it or not, or you just get up and walk out of this hospital now!” I got extremely upset, and I just told her, YOu are not a dr. nor my PCP, GET OUT!” She kept yelling, my husband said “This proves you did not read my wifes charts before coming in here” your going to kill my wife damnit get out!” the nurse yells back at the dr. “Its been documented, and She was unable to take certain exams because she’s been throwing up non stop!” How can you read her chart, when her Doctor has it with her, looking it over?”

    Ever since that incident, I have been very upset, about that, I am scared to go back to the doctors, I came out having more problems, Liver problems, Enlarged spleen, Low Magnesium and iron Levels and Sick ever since. I want to sue her. I was so upset, and I know that if I dont get her, she’ll end up killing a Patient! I had to have extra Respiratory treatments after her because I was histerically crying, and the Nurse was holding my hand appologizing. What can I do?
    **That was the 3rd and final time that doctor saw me, and everythime she saw me she was very nasty, and forceful.
    My Husband immediatly reported the Dr. to the direcotor of nursing and hospital. They had to interview me, my husband and my attending nurse and make a report about it. My PCP made the Dr. Sign off on seeing me.

    • ANSWER:
      The AMA should be notified about this incident. Take advantage of a free consultation with an attorney, you will get an idea of where to go with this. Your husband was right, could have killed you.

  42. QUESTION:
    I just called my doctor and he said I had slight enlarged spleen and liver?Could I have had this my whole life
    I took a cat scan and he asked me to come in for some blood work today. I reported abdominal pain and weakness. Could have this been my problem all along? Plus is it good news that he didnt rush me to the hospital?

    • ANSWER:
      Start protecting your liver today!

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  43. QUESTION:
    Liver problem? swollen abdomen right hand side?
    Hi Everyone,

    For the past two or three yrs I have noticed that the right side of my abdomen just below my ribs appears a little distended. It seems more pronounced of late but is not painful. I have had hep “A” (apparently though I only found out some yrs ago after a blood test) I am overweight but drink perhaps one to 5 units of alcohol a month. was examined by my chiropractor who seemed to think that this may be as a result of bad posture though he said he could feel the liver was a little enlarged but nothing major.

    Am going to see the doctor on Tuesday, have checked on the web and nothing seems to match this distended appearance apart from this I am fairly fit and healthy (I think!).

    Anyone have any ideas what this might be and how to treat it if it is a liver problem?

    Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be seeing a gastroenterologist.
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body responds to this damage and
      can cause inflammation to develop in the liver which
      causes the liver to enlarge in size.

      The cause has to be found and stopped and the
      inflammation has to be treated for the liver cells to
      heal. If this is not done, it can lead to where the
      liver cells may die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver that can block the flow of blood. This
      then becomes an irreversible disease known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver.

      All liver patients are told No Alcohol. They should
      not take any medications that are not approved of
      or prescribed by their doctors. Hepatitis is a virus
      that has entered the liver cells and is using the liver
      cells to replicate itself. When it uses a liver cell,
      that liver cells then dies and it goes onto the next
      liver cell available to use. Hepatitis A is the one
      hepatitis that can be cured..Hepatitis B and C
      cannot.

      I believe you need more medical attention.
      You need additional blood testing to see if the liver
      cells are being further damaged…like the liver blood
      enzymes tests…liver function tests…and liver viral tests.
      The doctor will probably do a quick examination in
      his office to see if he can feel the lowest part of
      your liver located under the rib cage on your right
      hand side, to see if he can tell of this enlargement.
      He may also order an ultrasound to be sure of this.

      All liver problems have to be determined and
      inflammation treated in order for the liver cells to
      heal. Once it progresses to where the liver cells
      die off, the only known cure than is a liver transplantation.

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

  44. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have the flu or is it something wrong with my liver?
    UGH. I just want to vent for a second. I feel like complete garbage. I’ve made an appointment with the doctors, but it’s not until June and again, the walk-in clinic was a 5 hour + wait tonight… love our healthcare system.

    Back in February my fiance felt a weird lump in my abdomen. Long story short, I’ve had 2 ultrasounds which showed a mildly enlarged liver. The 2nd ultrasound said the liver was going down in size. All my blood work came back normal, so the doctor said I was probably born with a mildly enlarged liver, as I had no other symptoms like yellow, pain etc. The doctor said it was fine and didn’t think anything more of it.

    Anyway, Sunday night I begin to feel really nauseated. About an hour later I vomit… a lot. Accompanied by fun stuff from the other end. I’m in the bathroom on the toilet with a bucket (sorry for the TMI) from 12 am – 5 am. The vomiting stopped monday morning at 5am, and the diarrhoea stopped at last night. I had a fever which is now gone.

    Today I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. I have little appetite, I’m paler than a ghost and I don’t want to move.

    My worry is that when I cough or sneeze, I get a cramping pain in my right side and back – near my liver. My fiance thinks it’s from all of the vomitting, but I’m worried all of these flu – like symptoms are actually a problem with my liver.

    SO – after this long-winded message – my question is: do your remeber getting muscle pains from vomiting? Not sure if I’m making sense, but I’m talking aobut pain from muscle contractions all night long from vomitting.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds a lot like you may have appendicitis. I suggest that you see a doctor pronto. Don’t wait until June. By then it may have become peritonitis and you’ll be on your way to join the celestial choir.

  45. QUESTION:
    Enlarged heart and Liquid build up in stomach!?
    I took my 6mo old Pit Bull Terrier in today to the vet because his stomach has stretched and gotten very hard. They found he has yellowish liquid in his stomach and they said his heart was enlarged as well. She had thought it might be because of liver problems, however ruled that out as she found his heart was enlarged? I was hoping to find out if anyone has had this happen to their pet and what the outcome was? She recomended a cardiaologist and also talked about putting him down? I really don’t want to do that but i don’t see how these two diagnosis can be linked? Wouldn’t it be two seperate problems to have to be treated? Also could the liquid have been caused by a case of kennel cough he had about 3 weeks ago?

    • ANSWER:
      the enlarged heart and the fluid in the abdomen are related. the fluid was not caused by kennel cough. i would recommend going to a cardiologist also and having an ultrasound done. the ultrasound will be able to tell you exactly which part of the heart is affected and how severe. while there is no cure, there are medications that can be used to help control it. if you do not do something about it your pup will die. the website below will give you more info. also, different heart problems require different medication. your regular vet will not be able to tell you exactly what is wrong with your dogs heart, hence the reason for the referral.

      http://www.2ndchance.info/heart.htm

  46. QUESTION:
    can my mom die if she doesnt stop drinking? please read the problems she is having?
    k…quick run down. she was sober the whole time i was growing up and a very good parent. then my lil bro killed himself and she became a drunken crackhead (seriously). that was year 2000. before that she only drank on occasion. then after my bro died and her and my step dad split up she has been on a NON STOP drinking binge along with many other drugs from time to time. i know crack, heroin, pills, and god only knows what else. well here recently she has been having some problems with her health (not too surprising). and finally me and my grams got her to go to the doc. she has OUTRAGIOUSLY high blood pressure and liver enzyme count, an enlarged liver, alcoholic hepatitus, acute liver something or other icr, and about 5 other problems i cant remember the names. she has diarreah all day long (sorry tmi) and bleeds during sex, cant hardly get up off the couch since she is so lazy and tired. she is talking with a doc about this and they have advised her to immediately stop drinking. she is on a bunch of meds but still drinking (docs know that too). she said today she felt a bit better and had more energy…but did she mess herself up for good? i have distanced myself from my mom cuz the way she is and refuses to get treatment. i have kids of my own now and dont want them around it. but i am worried for her. also when she gets drunk…she isnt like a normal person while drinking. she turns into friggin jekyll and hyde!! her eyes dialate and she goes NUTS. throws knifes and destroys the house etc. its like she has a mental problem on top of everything. i want an honest answer…can she die? i know in the long run this will catch up and take her sooner than a healthy person but im talking about now…or soon. her stomach is sooo swollen…not like beer belly but i mean swollen. could it be too late even if she does stop now?

    please dont beat around the bush…give me facts. i love my mom but ive worried too much about her in the past that it doesnt effect me like it used to. i want the good bad and ugly please thanks

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like the early stages of Cirrhosis of the liver to me but im no doc just an ex user myself. if i were you i would urge her to get checked out asap because continued use of alcohol will kill her if not. Everything you described are the classic symptoms of alcholism and Cirrhosis and unfortunatly liver damage cant really be reversed just slowed down. Wiki Cirrhosis and get in touch with Alcoholics anonomous and your family Doc for some better info on how to get her some help

  47. QUESTION:
    can taking calcium supplements do more damage to a high iron or liver count?
    i do not ever take alcohol or drugs and have some high liver count and ultrasound showed an enlarged liver. feel great however and no evidence of a problem but need to see a gastro dr. for his advice i was told and i need to go for the colon test after age 50 i am told anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      I bet you got the beginnings of a fatty liver… You need to exercise more and lose weight…

  48. QUESTION:
    I’m being evaluated for a possible pancreatic/liver/kidney transplant, any advice? I’m scared spitless
    i have been IDDM since 1994 and on insulin pump therapy since 1999. the diabetes, no matter how hard i try, is not controlled. i have an enlarged liver, i do not drink, smoke or do drugs. i adhere to a “homemade” low cal, low carb diet consisting of lots of veggies, pork, dairy, etc. about 2K or

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know what to say — that’s terribly unfortunate. However, you should definitely speak to a medical malpractice attorney concerning the improper removal of your gallbladder. If you live in new york, e-mail me, and I can give you a list of some of the best malpractice attorneys.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can your gallbladder affect your liver and pancreas?
    My mother’s gallbladder doesn’t work at all. Her doctor said that there was no need to take it out but I disagree. Her liver is enlarged and she is in severe pain. The pain occurs after she has ate and when she is laying down. On a scale from 1 to 10 she ranks it about a 10. Her cardiologist says all her pain is from her heart. He seems to think she has a blockage but we feel that it might be coming from her dead gallbladder that is affecting her pancreas and her liver. She is on daily nitroglyscerin but it doesn’t help with the pain at all. So my question is can your gallbladder cause problems with your liver and pancreas? If it can, could it cause your liver to be enlarged and you to have severe pain that starts where your breastbone ends and radiates thru to your back like a knife? Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      mystikmo – The answer to your two questions is YES for the liver and NO for the pancreas. In a live body, there is no such thing as a dead gallbladder or one that doesn’t work. Gallbladders often develop gallbladder stones, anywhere from one to hundreds at the same time. The green bile stored in the gallbladder empties into the bile duct and then the small intestine to help digest fatty foods. If a small stone gets stuck in the duct, it can cause a blockage and severe pain like you describe after a meal or a surgical emergency. The pancreas is not involved in any of this. Gallbladder problems do not cause a liver to enlarge though they can lead to liver damage and one type of cirrhosis which can badly damage the liver. You need to ask your mother’s doctor to give you a clearer answer to your questions. Good luck with your mom.

  50. QUESTION:
    I can’t get over the loss of my dog?
    My dog has been in my life since i was born. She was 1 year older than me. We had to put her to sleep in May, since she was not acting like herself, having accidents in the house, couldn’t hear us talking, and could barely see anymore. She had catarax which i wish we could’ve gotten it treated, but she was already on medication for having an enlarged heart & liver problems (which just started this year) & we didn’t think it was a good idea because she might’ve not made it through the procedure. We knew we had to get her put to sleep soon, but it just didn’t feel real. It still doesn’t feel real. I was sad for a few LONG weeks after her death (the first death in the family was 2 days before hers. awful timing) & then me and my mom decided we should just be happy, because we knew that our dog would want us to be. So i thought that worked, which it had, for like a few weeks. But i don’t think I’ve gone a day without crying about her. She’s ALL i can think about. I can’t even listen to some of my favorite music anymore because they make me depressed. & i can’t stand the thought that my dad didn’t even bring home her ashes! & now there’s nothing i can do to get them back! I just miss my dog so much. I’ve been having dreams about her lately, like scary ones, about me watching her about to get cremated. Ugh, i just don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t think it’ll ever feel the same without her. But i don’t want to live the rest of my life depressed. I just want to be happy.

    • ANSWER:
      You are having difficulty with your mourning of your loss. I suspect you believe your parents aren’t sad any more at the loss of the dog, but I suspect they still miss her just like you do.

      You describe a dog who was suffering. Where there is no quality of life, there is no life. I know you wouldn’t want her to be suffering, but that doesn’t stop you from feeling a huge sense of loss. This is normal. Since you loved your dog so much, you should do as she would want. You should remember all the happiest times you had with her. Rejoice in the time you had together, and try to remind yourself that she’s no longer in pain. This may help ease your pain somewhat.

      Please realize that dogs are not cremated and so cremated remains are not given to owners. This is done with human family members, not with pets. This is why your father didn’t bring home her “ashes”. There is nothing to “get back”.

      Your dog is at the “Rainbow Bridge” waiting till, when you are old, you join her. She’s happy there playing with my little girl Sugar who died a painful death at 5 months of age. I’ll give you some links and these websites have support as well as the Rainbow Bridge poem. Please visit these websites and get some help as you go through your mourning.

      Death is a normal part of life. Lost of a beloved pet is as painful as loss of a human family member. It sounds like this is your first such loss, and if you let yourself mourn in a healthy manner, you will be stronger for the experience. Some day you may come upon a rescue dog who needs the love you have to give, and you can share the love you have for your beloved lost dog with this new one who has suffered and needs the love and joy YOU have to give. -!-