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Please tell me, could a 6mm cyst on liver nodule be a carcinoid?

Please tell me, could a 6mm cyst on liver nodule be a carcinoid?

Cysts are not carcin: A cyst is different than a nodule. The size of 6 mm is too small to call it a carcinoid. Carcinoids will produce nodules on the liver which are solid as opposed to cysts which are fluid filled structures. ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Are small liver nodules less than 1cm cancer, didn't show on pet scan?

Are small liver nodules less than 1cm cancer, didn't show on pet scan?

Need more info: I would say unlikely if pet/ct liver was negative, but i need to know more about your mediacl history and other tests/treatments you may have had. ...Read more

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Could liver nodules be a recurrence of past malignant melanoma?

Could liver nodules be a recurrence of past malignant melanoma?

Possible: Nodules in the liver can be caused by many different things. A patient with a history of melanoma and the development of new liver lesions would warrant further investigation. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan without the dye tell the difference between liver nodules and cysts?

Can a CT scan without the dye tell the difference between liver nodules and cysts?

It might not: The dye is used to show blood vessels or vascularity.Solid tissue has blood vessels whereas a cyst , typically, does not. ...Read more

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Us shows hypoechoic & hypovascular rt liver lobe nodule 1.7 x 1.6 x 2.2cm; however; no corresponding abnormality on the ct. Liver enzymes normal. No liver disease. What could this be?

Us shows hypoechoic & hypovascular rt liver lobe nodule 1.7 x 1.6 x 2.2cm; however; no corresponding abnormality on the ct.  Liver enzymes normal. No liver disease.  What could this be?

Hypoeheic lesion: Hypoeheic ; hypo vascular lesion on us but with normal ct, lfts; no liver disease, shows technical us artifact. However hypo echoic lesions can be abscess, angioma, adenoma or mets from other organ, considered. Please see a gastroenterologist for good history and thorough physical examination and further work to address your concern. Thanks. ...Read more

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Ct scan found a lesion on my liver, a 6mm nodule on my lung, 2 tracheal lymph nodes 1cm each?

Ct scan found a lesion on my liver, a 6mm nodule on my lung, 2 tracheal lymph nodes 1cm each?

Follow up CT: The importance of the findings may depend on why your ct scan was done. Current guidelines suggest Incidental single lung nodules between 4-6 mm in patients over 35 need follow ct scan, the interval between scans is dependent on the risk of cancer (smokers, exposure to asbestos, etc). 10mm(1cm) lymph note near trachea is upper limits of normal size. ...Read more

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Hyperechoeic nodule in liver - what is this?

Hyperechoeic nodule in liver - what is this?

Could be many things: Usually these turn out to be benign hemangiomas, but you need at least one other test, such as ct or mri. Occaisionally, larger hyperechoic masses can be evaluated with a nuclear medicine tagged red blood cell scan. ...Read more

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Can having liver mass and lung nodules mean you have cancer?

Can having liver mass and lung nodules mean you have cancer?

Liver mass: No. Lung and liver nodules are common findings on ct scan. Depending on clinical setting no treatment may be indicated other than a follow up ct. In some cases where suspicion is high, a biopsy is needed to rule out or rule in cancer. ...Read more

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Hello I have been diagnosed with a small module on my left lower lung. A low density lesion on my liver and a 6mm nodule on my right thyroid lobe. ?

Hello I have been diagnosed with a small module on my left lower lung. A low density lesion on my liver and a 6mm nodule on my right thyroid lobe. ?

See below: Such multiple findings as you describe are not uncommon on various imaging studies such as CT scans of the chest, abdomen, pelvis that include the thyroid, lung, liver, and kidneys where small sub-centimeter (<10 mm) nodules are commonly noted which are most often benign and clinically insignificant but which often deserve a follow-up study in 6-12 months. You should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan & an ultrasound. It revealed a 1 inch nodule on my liver. They also said i had a fatty liver. What causes a nodule on your liver?

I had a CT scan & an ultrasound. It revealed a 1 inch nodule on my liver. They also said i had a fatty liver. What causes a nodule on your liver?

Mostly benign things: In your age without a history of cancer, hepatitis, it is very unlikely to be any kind of cancer. The most common things would be cysts, hemangiomas or focal nodular hyperplasia, all are benign. It should have been able to be classified as a cyst by ultrasound, so it's probably not .Would get a followup in several months with a contrast enhanced mri. Prob need to work on diet for fatty liver. ...Read more

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If chemotherapy fails , and there is a tiny new lung nodule , 1 liver met and 1 node can anything b done in colon cancer pt aged 65?

If chemotherapy fails , and there is a tiny new lung nodule , 1 liver met and 1 node can anything b done in colon cancer pt aged 65?

Sometimes: Depending on co-morbidities and surgical risk, some studies have shown survival benefit with surgical resection of metastatic lesions. Consult with cancer surgeon. ...Read more

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2cm liver mass, tiny lung nodules, tiny brain lesions. Found 2 1/2 yrs ago and still stable. Dr's say unrelated, but No biopsies.Please help. cancer?

2cm liver mass, tiny lung nodules, tiny brain lesions. Found 2 1/2 yrs ago and still stable. Dr's say unrelated, but No biopsies.Please help. 
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Focal nodular: hyperplasia is a benign liver lesion, and unrelated to lung nodules or brain lesions. Tiny lung nodules in an average risk patient that are stable for 2 1/2 years can be considered benign. No way to opine about the brain lesions without more info, but stability over 2 1/2 years likely also indicates benignity. ...Read more

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Can anything b done for a liver met , 1 lung nodule and a lypmph node if chemo fails ? Does this mean no treatment for colon cancer pt?primary removed

Can anything b done for a liver met , 1 lung nodule and a lypmph node if chemo fails ? Does this mean no treatment for colon cancer pt?primary removed

Metastatic colon CA: Typically,metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to organs/areas beyond where it started) is considered incurable.There are some exceptions; if colon cancer has a single metastasis to the liver OR a lung, then chemotherapy & surgical removal of the met might be successful (perhaps 50%).For more than one organ, chances are less, & treatment frequently shifts towards comfort if chances poor/none. ...Read more

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Hyperehancing nodule on right side of liver 4 mm in diameter?

Hyperehancing nodule on right side of liver 4 mm in diameter?

Need MD to interpret: This is a very small lesion but your doctor needs to put this in context to your overall medical condition. ...Read more

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Can SIRT be done if 3 liver metastses and 3 peritineal nodules ?

Can SIRT be done if 3 liver metastses and 3 peritineal nodules ?

Need more info: Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) or radioembolization, has proven to be effective in terms of extending time to progression of disease and providing survival benefit in treatment of liver colorectal metastases. Patients who have failed systemic chemotherapy appear to benefit from this therapy. Concurrent use of Y-90 in first & second line chemotherapy is currently being investigated. ...Read more

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Hyperenhancing nodule right lobe of liver?

Hyperenhancing nodule right lobe of liver?

Need investigation: Possible image guided biopsy to establish diagnosis. ...Read more

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7 months ago 2.4x1.6cm mass was found on liver. They think its focal nodular hyperplasia. Today had rescan, it's 2.4x1.8cm. Still FNH or worse??

7 months ago 2.4x1.6cm mass was found on liver. They think its focal nodular hyperplasia. Today had rescan, it's 2.4x1.8cm. Still FNH or worse??

Hasn't changed: The 2 mm difference is within the variability in measurement for today's imaging. The thing is almost certainly not growing. As a pathologist, I'm very familiar with FNH and its mimics. It's a non-problem. If it were serious, it would have grown. Forget about it and be thankful for good health. ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more