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What causes an enlarged liver?

Related Topics: Liver

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An enlarged liver may occur as a result of one or more of these causes.

Inflammation or fatty liver may cause an enlarged liver and may result from:

  • An infection such as a from a virus or abscess
  • Certain medications
  • Toxins
  • Certain types of hepatitis, including alcoholic hepatitis
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Genetic disorders that cause fat, protein, or other substances to build up
Abnormal growths may cause an enlarged liver. This may result from:
  • Cysts
  • Tumors that start or spread to the liver

A problem with blood flow can cause the liver to enlarge. This may be due to a variety of conditions such as:

  • Congestive heart failure, a condition where the heart fails to pump blood well
  • Hepatic vein thrombosis, a blockage of veins in the liver
  • Veno-occlusive disease, a blockage of small veins in the liver

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