Liver Cysts – Probable Causes And Steps To Take After Detection

Liver Cysts

Liver cysts are fluid-filled cavities in the liver, which generally have no specific symptoms as such. But when they get larger, they may cause pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen.

This article explains the probable causes of liver cyst, what problems it can lead to and what you should do when liver cysts are detected in your body.



Probable Causes Of Liver Cysts

The exact cause of liver cysts isn’t known till now. However, some of the probable causes indicated by experts are related to conditions which can further result in liver cysts. One such condition is the Caroli’s disease which involves bacterial inflammation of the bile duct followed by formation of stone and dilatation of your intrahepatic bile ducts. Another condition which can lead to liver cysts is congenital hepatic fibrosis, a rare disorder involving scar tissue and irregularly shaped bile ducts leading to improper renal functions. Congenital abnormalities of the bile ducts can also lead to formation of liver cysts.



What Problems You May Face Due To Liver Cysts

Liver cysts may not lead to serious conditions except in a few cases. One such condition is termed as polycystic liver disease which is basically an inherited disorder. This involves the formation of multiple benign liver cysts. It is likely to occur in patients infected with polycystic kidney disease, which involves the formation of multiple cysts in the kidney; this is also an inherited disease.

Liver Cancer and Echinococcosis (infection caused by a parasite named Echinococcus) are other serious conditions which can result after liver cysts develop. Thus, some kind of treatment is necessary so as to eliminate the underlying cause of the cyst formation.




Steps To Take After Liver Cysts Are Detected

You should consult a doctor if you have abdominal pain, as it can be the result of liver cyst formation. Sometimes, doctors carry out a biopsy along with removing a sample of the cyst’s fluid to find out whether it is indeed liver cyst. Then the doctor starts the treatment of the cause behind your liver cyst. At times, liver cysts are eliminated through surgery in order to get rid of further problems associated with the cyst formation.



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  • Carol

    Is milk thistle any good to take for fatty liver with liver cysts