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A 24-year-old male asked:

Hi, i have had painful abdomen pain for 3 months. two ct scans, 3 ultrasounds and blood tests showed up all normal. except for the latest ultrasound that showed "increased echogenicity of the right renal cortex." what does that mean?

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Dr. Stephen Gold
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not much: That finding is very vague and nonspecific. The good news is that otherwise, things are good. Unfortunately it sounds like the tests haven’t shown what’s wrong. The other thing is that the kidney rarely feels pain so no matter what, the kidney is not causing the pain. I recommend a Gastroenterologist.
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Dr. Mueeza Zafar
Family Medicine 48 years experience
IBS: The increased echogenicity if anything, is unrelated to your abdominal pain. Has anything been prescribed for you. Have you seen a gastroenterologist, or had upper and lower endoscopy. If not then you need to see a gastro and bee fully evaluated. Getting 1 CT is equivalent to more than 100 chest X-Rays in terms of radiation exposure, so avoid further scanning, unless you doctor wants one done.
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Last updated Oct 15, 2017


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