An enlarged liver is one that's bigger than normal. The liver is a large, football-shaped organ found in the upper right portion of your abdomen. The medical term for enlarged liver is hepatomegaly. Hepatomegaly will present as an abdominal mass. Depending on the cause, it may sometimes present along with jaundice.
Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, right upper quadrant abdominal pain, and jaundice (a yellow discoloration of the skin due to elevated bilirubin concentrations in the bloodstream.
Diagnosis: A suspicion of hepatomegaly indicates a thorough medical history and physical examination. Blood tests should be done, importantly liver-function series, which will give a good impression of the patient's broad metabolic picture. Computed tomography or (computerized tomography) (CT) can help to obtain more accurate anatomical information, and is unaffected by obesity or the presence of bowel gases.
Treament: Treatment will vary according to the underlying cause of hepatomegaly. For example, if cirrhosis is present, lifestyle and diet changes are recommended. Avoid drinking alcohol or eating salt; consult a physician before taking any type of medication or supplement since the diseased liver may not be able to process such substances. Leukemia is treated with chemotherapy.