A 67-year-old female asked:
can a ct scan detect liver failure in metastic colon cancer?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Signs of failure: CT can see the footprints of a failing liver. Ascites and pleural effusions can be seen. Yes metastatic disease as well. Laboratory studies will also confirm was the CT suspects
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
Dr. Myron Arlen answered
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: A CAT scan is used to visually define the extent of metastatic colon cancer in the liver should metastasis be present. Liver failure is a condition measured by functional abnormalities that occur within the liver usually due to parenchymal damage such as inflammation from hepatitis . Here one measures serum enzymes and the presence of elevated alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin in serum.
Answered on May 29, 2015
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