Hepatomegaly and Receiving Disability Benefits
What is Hepatomegaly?
Hepatomegaly is the name that has been given to a condition in which your liver is larger than normal size. This condition is also known as an enlarged liver.
One thing to keep in mind is that hepatomegaly is not a disease or a disorder. Hepatomegaly is a sign or symptom of an underlying disease or disorder that is causing it. In fact, hepatomegaly may be one of the main signs or symptoms of a serious medical disease or disorder, such as congestive heart failure, liver disease or cancer.
Understanding the liver - The largest glandular organ in your body is your liver. Your liver is located on the right side of your abdominal cavity just below your diaphragm. Your liver is a football-shaped organ that weighs about three pounds.
Your liver is responsible for many important things in your body. Some of these include storing minerals and vitamins, producing substances that break down fats, making certain amino acids, maintaining a proper level of glucose in your blood, filtering harmful substances from your blood, converting glucose to glycogen and producing urea.
Possible Reasons and Causes for Hepatomegaly
There are many different medical disorders and diseases that may be the underlying cause of hepatomegaly. Some of these may include:
- Pericarditis ( inflammation of the tissue that surrounds your heart)
- Amyloidosis (an abnormal build up of protein in your liver)
- Cancer that begins somewhere else in your body but then metastasizes (spreads) to your liver
- Gaucher’s disease (an abnormal build up of fatty substances in your liver)
- Non-cancerous liver tumors
- Wilson’s disease (an abnormal build up of copper in your liver)
- Budd-Chiari syndrome (the blockage of the veins that drain your liver)
- Tricuspid regurgitation (problems with your heart’s tricuspid valve)
- Alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Obstruction of your gallbladder or bile ducts
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Fluid-filled pockets that develop in your liver
- Hepatitis that is caused by a virus
- Heart failure
- Cancer of the liver
- Toxic hepatitis
Risk Factors that could increase chances for Hepatomegaly
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of having hepatomegaly. Some of these are:
- Certain herbal supplements, such as mistletoe and black cohosh
- Hepatitis viruses that include hepatitis A, B and C
- Taking large amounts of over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- The excess consumption of alcohol
- Certain infectious diseases, such as Q fever and malaria
Signs and Symptoms of Hepatomegaly
Again, it is well to remember that hepatomegaly is not a disorder or a disease. It is a sign or symptom of an underlying disease or disorder that is responsible for it.
However, having said that, there are signs and symptoms that may be an indication of hepatomegaly. On the other hand, you may not have any signs or symptoms at all with hepatomegaly. If you do experience signs and symptoms, they may include:
- Abdominal pain that is caused by your liver pressing against other organs and nerves
- Your liver being very tender to the touch
- Jaundice (a yellowish color to your skin and the whites of your eyes)
- A feeling of fullness
- Extreme fatigue
- Vomiting blood
- Fever (especially when combined with a swollen abdomen)
You may be disabled and cannot work due to the underlying disorder or disease and/or complications that have been brought about by whatever it is that has led to your hepatomegaly. If this is the case, you may be in need of financial help?
Have you taken the step of applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration? If you have, was your application turned down by the Social Security Administration? Complete a free disability case evaluation today.
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