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growth on liver and pleurisy

By September 14, 2011 - 9:37pm
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I understand that this is a womens website, but I recently went to the E.R with my boyfriend a couple days ago. He has had a fever for 7 days (highest was 101.5). In the E.R. they diagnosed him with a growth on his liver and pleurisy. The only thing they prescribed him with was Motrin 800. The doctor said the growth should go away on it's own. Is that true? What can cause liver growths? (by growth I mean a bump). They did a sonogram and x-ray and found pleurisy and the growth on his liver. But they said the pleurisy doesn't seem to be caused by a viral infection. I don't know what's going on, his fever is not going down and it's been a week since he's been sick. He doesn't have insurance, and I am extremely worried. What are the causes of pleurisy and liver growths? What causes liver growths? What are the complications of these two things?

Thank you!

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Hi Sysy,

Sorry to hear that about your boyfriend--Pleurisy pain is no joke. The growth on your boyfriend's liver is a liver cyst that will go away on its own. Liver cysts do not impair the liver’s ability to function and are always benign unless your boyfriend starts to develop symptoms (stomach fullness, discomfort or pain).

As far as the pleurisy, If your boyfriend was tested for a bacterial infection and no bacteria was found, then this is why they only gave him the treatment for pain. Usually antibiotics are given if the cause is bacterial and not viral.

Here are several causes for either acute or chronic pleurisy.

Viral infection (influenza, mumps)
Lung infections from bacteria (eg, tuberculosis ) or parasites (eg, amebiasis)
Systemic lupus
Rheumatoid arthritis
Cancer metastases
Liver and kidney disease (chronic)
Sickle cell disease
Inflammatory bowel disease
After a heart attack (eg, Dressler’s syndrome)
Heart failure
Pulmonary embolism
Chest injury
Drug reaction (nitrofurantoin, procainamide)

Symptoms include:
Sharp, stabbing pain towards the side and lower part of the chest especially when lying down, with relief by sitting up
Pain along the shoulders, neck, and abdomen
Aggravated pain during any movement of the chest, such as breathing and coughing
Dry coughing
Loss of appetite
Rapid pulse
Rapid and shallow breathing

Here's some more reading in Pleurisy:

Hope this answers your questions!


September 15, 2011 - 7:43am
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