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Alternative namesHepatosplenomegaly; Enlarged liver; Liver enlargement
DefinitionHepatomegaly is the enlargement of the liver beyond its normal size. Hepatosplenomegaly is enlargement of both the liver and the spleen -- see splenomegaly .
The lower edge of the liver normally comes just to the lower edge of the ribs (costal margin) on the right side. In its normal state, the edge of the liver is thin and firm, and it cannot be palpated (felt with the finger tips) below the edge of the costal margin.
If the liver becomes enlarged enough that it can be palpated below the costal margin, the patient may have hepatomegaly. The diagnosis must be confirmed by an imaging study of the liver.
Home CareContact your health care provider.
Call your health care provider ifThis finding is usually discovered by the health care provider, and the affected individual may or may not have been aware of its presence.
The medical history will be obtained. This finding is usually discovered by the health care provider during a physical examination .
You may want to add a diagnosis related to hepatomegaly to your personal medical record.
Update Date: 1/26/2004Sreeni Jonnalagadda, M.D., Interventional and Pancreatobiliary Endoscopy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT