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What is an enlarged liver (hepatomegaly)?

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If your doctor tells you that you've got an enlarged liver, it means it's swollen beyond its normal size. There's usually another condition that's causing it, such as hepatitis.

Depending on what's causing your liver to swell, you could end up with long-term damage if you don't get treated.

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 Jennifer Robinson on June 19, 2020

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 Jennifer Robinson on June 19, 2020

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