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Blog / Liver Health

Liver Cyst Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Aug. 22 2019 by sheher-preisler
Liver Cyst Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Our liver is found in the upper right portion of our abdominal cavity. This cone-shaped organ is nestled underneath our diaphragm and on top of our intestines, stomach, and right kidney. A dark reddish-brown color, our liver weighs about three pounds. At any given moment, our liver has approximately 13 percent of our blood flowing through its two main lobes; each lobe is home to eight different segments, which can be further divided into 1,000 small lobules.

These lobules are connected to small ducts that flow into larger ones, eventually forming the common hepatic duct. This duct shuttles bile made by our liver cells to our gallbladder and duodenum (the first area of the small intestine) through our common bile duct. Our liver receives nutrient-rich blood from our hepatic portal vein, and oxygen-rich blood from our hepatic artery. 

There are several conditions, both benign and malignant, that could develop in our liver. One of these is known as a cyst.

The underlying cause behind liver cysts is often unknown; sometimes they’re present at birth or form later in life. Generally, they grow insidiously and aren’t detected until one reaches adulthood. The condition is often asymptomatic, though, if they grow large, they can lead to pain and bloating in the upper right section of the abdomen. In rare cases, liver cysts can even become big enough to be felt through your abdomen. Liver cysts don’t usually cause complications, though they can sometimes lead to liver failure or even cancer. 

Traditionally, liver cysts don’t have to be treated. If they grow to be too large and painful, however, they may have to be drained or even removed via surgery. They could also obstruct the bile duct, preventing it from reaching the intestine and interfering with digestion; if this occurs, you’ll have to have the cyst surgically removed as well.

An Ezra scan could find liver cysts; if you’re interested in finding out about our screening packages, you may do so at the following link.