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What causes inflammation or fatty liver disease?

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Inflammation or fatty liver disease could be the cause of your enlarged liver. This could be from:

  • Obesity
  • Infection (such as Hepatitis B or Hep C)
  • Some medications
  • Alcohol use
  • Toxins
  • Autoimmune disease (your body's immune system attacks healthy tissue)
  • Metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors for heart disease that includes high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels, and belly fat)
  • Genetic disorders that cause fat, protein, or other substances to build up

From: Enlarged Liver (Hepatomegaly) WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/17/2019

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital Boston: "Liver Failure."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Liver Disease: Common Characteristics of Liver Disease."

Riley Hospital for Children: "Enlarged Liver/Spleen."

Merck Manual: "Cirrhosis."

Pediatric Education: "What Is the Differential Diagnosis of Hepatomegaly?"

Yu, Y.M. February 2004. American Diabetes Care,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital Boston: "Liver Failure."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Liver Disease: Common Characteristics of Liver Disease."

Riley Hospital for Children: "Enlarged Liver/Spleen."

Merck Manual: "Cirrhosis."

Pediatric Education: "What Is the Differential Diagnosis of Hepatomegaly?"

Yu, Y.M. February 2004. American Diabetes Care,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

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