9 Signs and Symptoms That Your Liver Is NOT Functioning Properly

8) Enlarged liver gland

Contrary to jaundice, enlargement of the liver gland is found in 70% of hospitalized patients with fatty liver disease. It is called hepatomegaly and is usually related to inflammation, fluid retention, and other problems.

The liver is by itself the largest organ in the abdominal cavity. When it becomes enlarged, it will start pressing on other organs, especially your gut and the stomach. That’s why patients with fatty liver develop anorexia, nausea, and abdominal discomfort. Hepatomegaly can also be painful because the liver has nerve terminals, and when it becomes very large, they activate and send pain signals to the brain.

Hepatomegaly, if left untreated, can lead to the development of complications such as jaundice and cirrhosis of the liver. You can also have swelling of the spleen and portal hypertension, which has other consequences on the liver and other abdominal organs.