Guide To The Causes Of Liver Pain

The liver is an organ with multiple important functions in the body, including cleansing the blood, regulating metabolism, and fighting infections. Sometimes liver pain can manifest as a dull backache, right shoulder pain, and or kidney pain. Liver pain is often accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, pale stools, weight loss, abdominal tenderness, itchy skin, appetite loss, dark urine, nausea and vomiting, yellow skin, leg swelling, and fatigue. The underlying cause of liver pain can be identified through a physical exam, blood liver panel tests, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and liver biopsy. True liver pain not caused by another unrelated medical problem is typically caused by serious conditions that require treatment.

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Injury To The Liver

The liver is the organ in an individual's abdomen that is most likely to become injured because of its large size. The largest solid internal organ in the human body is the liver. The most common injuries to the liver come from motor vehicle crashes, violence, sports, blunt trauma, bicycle crashes, or a penetrating injury to that causes a cut or tear in an individual's liver. Often, an injury to the liver results in bleeding or hemorrhaging inside the abdomen. This bleeding occurs due to the various large blood vessels that run throughout an individual's liver. The pain that results from a hemorrhage in the liver will be concentrated in the upper right portion of the abdomen and radiate to the right shoulder. The tissues in an affected individual's abdomen may become inflamed from the presence of blood that occurs with a liver injury.

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