Liver calcification can occur as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.
In most cases, no treatment is needed for liver calcification. The condition is not a disease or illness in itself, but may indicate the presence of another illness, which may require treatment. Occasionally, liver calcification may accompany a tumor or damage to the organ. In this case, the mass will likely be removed.
Calcification occurs when the liver is damaged or stressed by an external source. This can include illness as well as alcohol consumption, and calcium deposits that are detected in the organ often exist as a protective measure against further injury. Other causes of calcification are infections, liver damage, and certain viral diseases.
Liver calcification can occur in babies due to infection during birth.
When the offending disease or condition is no longer present, there is usually no treatment needed for liver calcification. Additional monitoring may be necessary to rule out ongoing infection or illness. This is especially true of babies or very young children.
Sometimes, calcification can occur in babies due to infection during childbirth. Most commonly, this is caused by meconium entering the abdomen and causing infection. Long-term complications are uncommon, although a calcified mass or tumor can sometimes result. They are usually not cancerous, but are often surgically removed to avoid problems.
A liver transplant may be needed to treat liver calcification.
When an underlying disease or other condition is still present along with liver calcification, treatment usually includes appropriate remedies for that condition. Those who drink frequently are often encouraged to stop, and those who eat fatty foods or lead a sedentary lifestyle are generally encouraged to eat healthier and engage in regular physical activity. Liver diseases such as cancer or liver cirrhosis may require more thorough treatment.
Treatment for serious liver disease can include dialysis, medication, and sometimes a transplant. It is also important to lead a healthier lifestyle and avoid certain substances. The infection can be treated with antibiotics or other medications.
Certain medications can cause liver calcification.
Sometimes liver calcification has no known cause. In this case, patients are normally monitored but do not require treatment unless a cause is found. Certain medications can also cause calcification. If calcified cysts grow, they may require surgery. Calcified cysts are masses that form from large amounts of calcium that accumulate in the liver. Sometimes these cysts go away on their own over time without treatment.