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A 40-year-old male asked:

On a liver ultrasound what does mildly echogenic parenchyma mean?

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Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Interventional Radiology 13 years experience
Depends: It difficult to say without actually seeing the image and knowing your history. It may simply be a variation of normal given the mild gradation. Increased liver echogenicity can be seen in a context of hepatic steatosis (many etiologies - obesity, diabetes, hepatitis, alcohol, medications side effect including steroids, and even pregnancy). Talk to your doc and correlate with liver function tests.
Dr. Eric Goodman
Radiology 28 years experience
Fatty liver disease: Increased liver echogenicity is typically due to fatty deposition of the liver. This is most commonly from alcohol intake or obesity. It is important to try to eliminate the underlying cause for the fatty liver. Long standing fatty liver can lead to end stage liver disease.
Last updated Aug 4, 2019

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