Polycystic Liver Disease
The name is actually descriptive of the basic manifestations of the disease. Many cysts in different sizes (from pinheads to 10 cm) are present throughout the liver. It is usually inherited; however, it usually occurs without any cause. In some cases, polycystic liver disease starts as congenital hepatic fibrosis, and cysts develop throughout the organ.
Growths of 20 or more cysts infuse the hepatic tissue, which then results to atrophy or hardening of the organ. As the cysts grow, the liver swells and compresses the surrounding internal organs. This compression can affect the metabolism of some hormones.
Polycystic Liver Disease Symptoms
Most people who are diagnosed with the disease are asymptomatic. If any, the most common symptom would probably be abdominal discomfort. This is due to the abrupt swelling, which causes uncomfortable compression of the organs.
The rare symptoms of polycystic liver disease is usually first noticed at puberty, and becomes more prominent when a person reaches 30 years old. Most people get diagnosed when they reach middle age. The following symptoms are commonly reported:
- Hepatomegaly, or hardened and enlarged liver.
- Swollen and painful abdomen.
Polycystic Liver Home Treatment
The multiple cysts rare require intervention. However, there are preventative measures that a person diagnosed with polycystic liver can do. These include:
- Cessation of alcohol. Stopping or limiting the alcohol intake aids in the faster healing of the liver. The person diagnosed with the disease should also stop cigarette smoking, and should limit intake of dairy products, margarines, fatty goods, processed meats, and unnecessary medications.
- Oranges and papaya. These fruits were found to be effective in curing liver cyst formation.
- Fresh bitter gourd. Around ½ cup of bitter gourd juice combined with a pinch of salt can be used as an effective tonic for liver symptoms.
- Milk thistle. This herb contains Silymarin, which aids in faster liver regeneration. It has been proven to heal the liver when used as a dietary supplement.
- Flaxseed oil
- Vitamin E