A 58-year-old male asked:
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how likely is it that 2 rounds of bloodwork and 3 ultrasounds within a year missed cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Unlikely: It would be very unlikely. Other tests that could be done to confirm are MRI, CT scan or liver biopsy. You could consult a hepatologist for evaluation.
Answered on Jul 17, 2014
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Dr. Kristel Hunt
22 years experience Hepatology
Likely: cirrhosis can often be 'compensated' meaning no issues with bloodwork. USG is notoriously poor at picking up cirrhosis - again only good at decompensated stages, when there is an enlarged spleen and perhaps ascites. the true diagnosis is made by biopsy or now fibroscan.
Answered on Aug 3, 2014
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