Signs and symptoms of liver tumor usually don’t manifest until the late stadium of the disease, but sometimes they manifest earlier. If you visit your doctor when the symptoms occur for the first time, there are chances that the tumor will be diagnosed earlier, when the possibility of successful treating is bigger. The most common symptoms of liver tumor are:
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Feeling of satiety in the stomach, even after small meal
- Nausea and vomiting
- Enlarged liver (the patient feels a mass beneath the ribs at the right side)
- Enlarged spleen (the patient feels a mass beneath the ribs at the left side)
- Pain in the stomach or near the right shoulder blade
- Bloating or accumulation of fluids in the stomach
- Yellow skin or eyes
- Some symptoms may include fever, varicose veins on the stomach which become visible on the skin and abnormal bleeding and bruising
People who suffer from chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis could feel worse than usually or have changes in their laboratory results, like AFP levels.
Some liver tumors can create hormones that could affect other organs. These hormones could cause the following symptoms:
- High levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia), which could cause nausea, confusion, constipation, weakness or muscle problems
- Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), which could cause fatigue or dizziness
- Breast enlargement (gynecomastia) and testicular shrinkage in men
- High values of red blood cells (erithrocitosis), which makes the skin red and inflamed
- High cholesterol levels
Many of the signs and symptoms of liver tumor also can be manifested as a result of other liver disease or other organ. However, if you experience any of these signs, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible and determine the real cause of your problem.
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