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Liver cysts: What they are and what to do about them

Liver cysts are also known as hepatic cysts.  They are fairly common and can be detected by ultrasound or CT scan.  One or two liver cysts usually do not cause any problems and do not require treatment, however, sometimes the cysts are numerous or grow very large and require medical attention.

One or more large liver cysts can cause pain or discomfort in the right upper abdominal region.  If they cause significant discomfort, cysts can be drained or removed in hospital.  Ideally you would address them before they reached this level of severity.

There are several types of liver cysts:

Simple cysts
Polycystic liver disease (an inherited condition)
Cysts caused by parasites (such as hydatid disease)
Cysts occurring in conjunction with liver cancer

What causes simple liver cysts?

These cysts usually arise when a small area of liver cells dies or degenerates. The most common cause is advancing years and poor diet and lifestyle. Sometimes these cysts can be full of “fatty material” in those with a fatty liver. At other times the cysts are filled with fluid or mucus.  These cysts do not represent liver disease because the liver, being such a huge organ, has plenty of other areas containing healthy cells to enable liver function to remain normal.

Natural remedies for overcoming liver cysts

If your doctor finds that you have one or several of these degenerative types of liver cysts (simple cysts), do not become alarmed. Obviously you do not want to develop many more of these cysts and thankfully it is easy to stop them from multiplying. In many cases it is possible to gradually shrink the cysts using nutritional medicine.

I recommend the following:

  • Remove dairy products from your diet.  The hormones naturally present in all dairy products encourage the growth of cysts and mucus in the body.
  • Avoid or minimise exposure to substances that cause damage to liver cells, such as alcohol, some medication and drugs, environmental chemicals and sugar in excess.
  • Follow the eating principles in The Healthy Liver and Bowel book.
  • Take a good quality liver tonic.  This will help to protect your liver cells from harm and help to repair damaged liver cells.
  • Take a selenium supplement.  Selenium is required in order for your liver to manufacture the powerful antioxidant glutathione.   Selenium helps to protect liver cells from damage.
  • Drink raw vegetable juices regularly.  You will find recipes specifically for the liver in my book Raw Juices Can Save Your Life.  The best vegetables for a healthy liver include kale, broccoli, radishes and onion.  Include a carrot and apple in the juice to make it more palatable.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
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34 comments

  1. My grandma have some hepatic crystals what to do she don’t want operation can you please suggest something effectfull….oh i forgot to tell you i am nisha malik from new delhi india

    • Hi Nisha,

      We recommend she consult her healthcare practitioner.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  2. my husband was diagnosed with polycystic liver disease and it seems doctors can not help since its an inherited condition and he has abdominal pain, his stomach keeps on getting bigger, iam very confused and worried .how do i get the supplement to prolong his life ? i’m from Namibia

    • Hi Sepo,

      We recommend your husband follow the eating principles in ‘The Healthy Liver and Bowel book’.
      We recommend he take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to protect liver cells and optimise liver function.
      Selenium 1 cap daily with food to further protect liver cells from damage.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      To enquire about delivery to your country, we recommend you email: richard@scbintl.com

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  3. hi! I am from philippines. I have a hepatic cyst. I had undergone thyroidectomy 3 yrs ago and I have also a hypertension. Can you recommend any medicines and food supplement for my liver? I am 56 years old, female. Thank you.

    • Hi Helen,

      We recommend you eliminate dairy from your diet as they can encourage the growth of cysts and mucous in the body.
      There is an excellent eating plan in ‘The Healthy Liver and Bowel book’. Here’s the link: http://shop.liverdoctor.com/the-healthy-liver-and-bowel-book.html
      We recommend you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to protect liver cells and optimise liver function. This product contains selenium which helps to protect liver cells from damage.
      We also recommend you start raw juicing. There are great recipes in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’. Here’s the link: http://shop.liverdoctor.com/raw-juices-can-save-your-life.html
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  4. I went into the ER room with right adominal pain. After ultrasound and blood work came back normal i was sent home. Two days later I was unable to get off my couch because the pain was so severe, I then discovered a lump in relation to my pain. Back to the ER i went. Upon my admittance the doctor felt ny right side and concluded my lucer was enlarged adter my ultrasound the impression was “hepatic steatosis with small hepatic cyst”. I was sent home this time as well and informed they had no idea was i was in pain. Please help me I am a 29 year old female. The pain increases with activity and sometimes i have to press on lump/bulge to comfortably sit or lay down. Sleeping is becoming more difficult as well.

    • Hi Joelene,

      You should read this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/liver-cysts-article/
      We recommend you follow the anti-inflammatory diet in Dr Cabot’s book ‘I Can’t Lose Weight and I Don’t Know Why’.
      We recommend you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to help protect your liver cells and repair damaged liver cells.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      You should drink raw juices regularly, there are some great liver recipes in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  5. i have cyst in liver measuring 4.22 x 2.83 cm. with mild fatty liver. i always feel discomfort after i eat. i drink water with raisins every morning before i eat breakfast.

    • Hi Maricar,

      We recommend you minimise grains in your diet, and eliminate dairy.
      The hormones that are naturally present in dairy products encourage the growth of cysts and mucous in the body.
      There is some excellent information in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Healthy Bowel, Healthy Body’.
      Raw juicing is also excellent and there are some great recipes in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Selenomune 1 cap daily with food, as selenium helps to shrink growths throughout the body and helps to protect liver cells from damage.
      This can be purchased here: http://shop.liverdoctor.com/selenomune-designer-energy-100-capsules.html
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  6. Thank you for the info about these deseas..most of us, does not have,took a medical terms and maybe not understand by others that can cause panic that can be lead to another problem if they have this kind of issues.i just examined today and got possitive with two simple cysts on my liver that may causing my abdomibal pain…i was un alarmed after reading your info..thanks a lot…

    • Hi Julius,

      Thank you for your positive feedback.
      We’re so glad you have benefited from this information.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  7. Why do this pain continue it has now spread to right shoulder.The doc found a small cyst on the liver and said just take some painkillers but the pain is not going away.Raw veg juicing was tried but still in pain please help.

    • Hi Valerie,

      We recommend you eliminate dairy from your diet as the hormones in dairy products can encourage the growth of cysts in the body.
      Please minimise sugar in your diet and alcohol.
      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Healthy Bowel, Healthy Body’.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function. This formula contains Selenium which helps to shrink any growths in the body.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  8. Hy. My father z diagnosed wid hepatic cyst 1.3 cm thru ct scan. Although he has no pain. His hemogloban is 15. Liver function test is normal. I want to ask abt cyst. Hw can it be treated???its damgerous r nt?????

    • Hi Iram,

      We recommend your father take
      Selenomune 1 cap daily with food which contains selenium to help shrink liver cyst.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. Glutathione requires selenium for its production, making these two supplements work very well together to protect liver cells from fatty infiltration, viral infections, drug induced damage, alcohol excess or autoimmune inflammation.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  9. My father had a surgery last year and removed tge galbladder. Now he had light pain on the right side. After ultra scan they reported ” small liver cyst found in both livers”. Dr suggested to come next week for monitoring. Isthis serious problem?

    • Hi Satish,

      After gallbladder removal we recommend grains, sugar, dairy, processed food and takeout meals be eliminated from the diet.
      Fatty liver is a common occurence after gallbladder removal, we recommend he get a liver function test.
      There is more information about liver cysts in this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/liver-cysts-article/
      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do If You’ve Already Lost It’.
      Dr Cabot recommends he take
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals to replace the bile that can no longer come from the gallbladder for essential fat absorption.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function. This product also contains Selenium which can shrink cysts in the body.
      These products can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how he gets on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  10. Hi: I use to go far USG periodically and yesterday my USG is showing cyst in liver (41 X41 mm) simple one. My age is 45 years . Kindly advise accordingly.

    • Hi Tahir,

      We recommend you take
      Selenomune 1 cap daily with food as it contains a good dose of selenium which strengthens detoxification pathways of the liver, reduces liver inflammation and can help shrink cysts.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. Glutathione restores your cell’s ability to fight damage from free radicals known as reactive oxygen species.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      We recommend you follow the dietary principles on our free e-book on liver cleansing, here’s the link: https://www.liverdoctor.com/ebook/vital-principles-for-liver-cleansing/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

      • Hello,
        I was reading that one can take NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) to help shrink a cyst on the Liver. I do have a bottle of NAC 600mg. by a company called SISU. I was at one time taking it for bronchitis. Is this the same as the NAC that you have mentioned for shrinking a cyst on the Liver ? Love a reply. Thanks. Sandra

        • Hi Sandra,

          This product does sound similar to ours.
          We recommend you read this article for further info: https://www.liverdoctor.com/liver-cysts-treat/
          We recommend you take
          Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function. This product contains Selenium which helps to shrink growths throughout the body.
          N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from meals, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
          These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
          Let us know how you get on.

          Kind Regards,
          Jessah Robinson
          Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  11. In 2013 ultrasound showed two simple right lobe cysts, 3.0×2.0cm in dimensions.
    Had biliary colic on 19th March 2017 and abdominal ultrasound showed thickened gallbladder wall, no stones, no dilation. Biliary crystals seen. Right lobe of liver was noted to have 28×28×32 mm complex loculated cyst. Should i be worried about this complex cyst ?

    • Hi Sara,

      You may not be producing enough bile to keep waste products from your liver in suspension while in the Gallbladder and this may lead to the thickening of the wall you have.

      Biliary crystals are often the beginnings of gallstones.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve and protect liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Super digestive enzymes – 1 to 3 capsules at the beginning of each meal.

      You may purchase these supplements at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  12. I have a cyst on liver measures 11.4 cm. . It was found 4 years,ago when it was 6cm. I do have pain at times more seems to be when lifting alot.
    They did check seems not to be cancerous. What can I do to reverse size?

    • Hi Linda,

      We recommend you avoid dairy products and avoid/minimise substances such as alcohol,sugar,some medication and drugs and environmental chemicals.
      There is an excellent eating plan to follow in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Healthy Bowel, Healthy Body’.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps to protect the liver and help repair damaged liver cells.
      Selenium Complete 1 tablet daily to manufacture the powerful antioxidant glutathione and protect liver cells from damage.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      We recommend you drink raw juices regularly. There are specific recipes in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  13. My father have a CT scan and found liver cyst of 24×34mm is it harmful reply me please

    • Hi Akash,

      Is the cyst causing your father pain?
      If not, there are ways to shrink it naturally.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  14. Asteria Bonifacio

    Hello The utlrasound impression gave to my liver when I checked up is “COnsider Minimal Diffuse Parenchymal Liver Disease Suggestive of Non Alcoholic Fatty Infiltrationwith Simple Cyst. A cystic mass seen at the right lobe measuring 2.1 cm x 1.9 cm. What does this mean. Should it require a drain?

    • Hi Asteria,

      “Minimal Diffuse Parenchymal Liver Disease Suggestive of Non Alcoholic Fatty Infiltrationwith Simple Cyst” is just a way of the doctor writing the ultrasound report saying that they think you have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and a Simple Liver Cyst.

      We recommend you talk to your doctor to see if it requires medical attention, especially if it is causing any discomfort.

      Dr Cabot recommends following the eating program in her book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      This will help to reverse the NAFLD and possibly shrink the cyst over time.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  15. I have a liver cyst that was found when I went to the emergency room with stomach pain in 2006. In 2006 it was 1″ in diameter, then during another emergency room visit in 2013 for stomach pain it was found again but now it was 2″ in diameter. Well,last month 2016 during a cat scan for a kidney infection it now measures over 3″ in diameter. All my blood work comes back with good liver function, but this cyst seems to be growing pretty fast tripling in size. I have a chronic pain some days worse than others under my rib cage on my right size. I’ve gone to ER for this pain and at first they think it’s my gall bladder because of the location but nope gallbladder is fine all they see is this cyst. Should I be concerned? How big is too big?

    • Hi Linda,

      It has taken 10 years to triple in size, and with good liver function it may be that more of your liver tissue is breaking down naturally.

      To ensure there is nothing to concern yourself about Dr Cabot recommends you have CA 19-9 and CEA tumor markers tested.

      To stop this breakdown Dr Cabot recommends you change your diet to a less liver inflammatory one, if this is necessary.

      Please remove all processed food, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and all gluten containing foods.

      Replace these with home prepared meals with lots of fresh vegetables, moderate portions of protein, and at least 1 quart of water daily.

      Dr Cabot also recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 1 capsule twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. this supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Selenomune Designer Energy 1 capsule twice daily for the first bottle and then 1 capsule daily.

      You may purchase these supplements at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  16. I am having cyst measuring size21*16mmnoted insegment7of liver

    • Dear K.S,

      Most cysts in the liver are benign but it is important to ensure your liver is in its best health.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 1 capsule twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Selenomune Designer Energy 1 capsule twice daily for the first bottle and then 1 capsule daily.

      You may purchase these supplements at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

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