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What causes liver enlarged? 15 possible conditions

Hepatomegaly is having an enlarged liver. Your liver is the largest internal organ. It helps your body: digest fats store sugar in the form of glycogen fight off infections produce proteins and hormones control blood clotting break down medications and... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Alcoholic Liver Disease

Damage to the liver from excessive drinking can lead to ALD. Years of alcohol abuse cause the liver to become inflamed and swollen. This damage can also cause scarring known as cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is the final stage o...

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2

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic condition that affects the chambers of your heart. CHF refers to fluid buildup around your heart.

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3

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is the severe scarring and poor function of the liver caused by long-term exposure to toxins such as alcohol or viral infections.

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4

Hepatitis

Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It's commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis.

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5

Liver Cancer

Learn about liver cancer symptoms, types, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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6

Hyperlipidemia

Cholesterol is a natural substance, but too much of it can clog blood vessels and lead to heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol levels can also cause yellow deposits in the eyes or in tendons.

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7

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a form of cancer that affects your lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Learn about symptoms and treatment.

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8

Hepatic Vein Thrombosis (Budd-Chiari Syndrome)

Hepatic vein thrombosis (HVT) is an obstruction in the veins of the liver caused by a blood clot. This condition blocks blood flow from the liver to the heart.

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9

Familial Combined Hyperlipidemia

Familial combined hyperlipidemia is a genetic disorder that causes high levels of cholesterol and fats in the blood. Learn about treatment options.

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10

Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IV

People with hyperlipoproteinemia type IV have a higher-than-normal triglyceride level due to a genetic defect. Learn about the risk factors and treatment.

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11

Gaucher's Disease

Gaucher's disease is an inherited condition in which your body doesn't break down or store fat properly. Learn about the symptoms and treatment options.

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12

Metabolic Syndrome X

Metabolic syndrome X is a group of five risk factors that can increase your chance of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. The risk factors include: increased blood pressure...

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13

Pericarditis

Pericarditis is the inflammation of the sac that surrounds your heart. The sac is a double-layered membrane called the pericardium. The pericardium protects your heart and helps it function properly.Pericarditis can b...

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14

Adult-Onset Still's Disease

Adult-onset Still's disease is an inflammatory condition causing swelling in joints, tissues, organs, and lymph nodes. Read more on this rare disease.

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15

Hyperlipoproteinemia

Hyperlipoproteinemia is a common disorder that results in high levels of lipids circulating in the blood. This can cause pancreatitis, abdominal pain, enlarged liver and other symptoms.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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