Hepatomegaly

Hepatosplenomegaly; Enlarged liver; Liver enlargement

Enlarged liver refers to swelling of the liver beyond its normal size. Hepatomegaly is another word to describe this problem.

If both the liver and spleen are enlarged, it is called hepatosplenomegaly.

Fatty liver, CT scan

A CT scan of the upper abdomen showing a fatty liver (steatosis of the liver). Note the liver enlargement and dark color compared with the spleen (gray body in lower right).

Liver with disproportional fattening, CT scan

A CT scan of the upper abdomen showing disproportional steatosis (fattening) of the liver.

Hepatomegaly

Hepatomegaly is enlargement of the liver beyond its normal size. Certain conditions such as infection, parasites, tumors, anemias, toxic states, storage diseases, heart failure, congenital heart disease, and metabolic disturbances may all cause an enlarged liver.

Considerations

Causes

When to Contact a Medical Professional

What to Expect at Your Office Visit