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Can a ct scan detect liver failure in metastic colon cancer?

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Dr. Paul Velt answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

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 Mar 12, 2020

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Dr. Myron Arlen answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

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 May 29, 2015

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