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Alternative Treatments For Liver Hemangioma
Alternative to what?: Do you mean "complementary and alternative", "holistic" rx? None has shown evidence of effectiveness.
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
Leave it alone?: 1% of folks have a benign hemangioma in the liver. The vast majority of hepatic hemangiomas require no treatment whatever. If you have been offered treatment, ask why. Their malignant counterpart, the one lesion I know for which they could be mistaken, is very rare and I've not heard of anyone surviving it.
Yes: An MRI with IV contrast is very useful in diagnosing liver hemangiomas. They have a very characteristic pattern of how they take up and release the IV contrast in comparison to other liver lesions. The best MRI would be a "hemangioma protocol" where they take a few extra pictures later than would be typically done for a liver mri.See 1 more doctor answer
Unusual: There are a few very rare genetic symptoms where hemangiomas do cause anemia, but the vast majority of liver hemangiomas do not cause anemia. Patients with the genetic syndromes usually have several hemangiomas on their limbs and trunk as well.
YES: There are no "age ranges" for the development of these benign vascular tumors! Hope this is helpfu! Dr Z
I just had a normal annual check up and through an ultrasound I was diagnosed with liver hemangioma, what are the risk factors?
Liver hemangioma: Are tumors of liver which do not have characteristic features of a "typical" hemangioma that are described by the kind of imaging modality used to find it. Usually, they do need follow up imaging as well. Refer to this website for more information:http://www. Ajronline. Org/doi/full/10.2214/ajr.180.1.1800135
Good question: Generally, hemangiomas can be observed for long periods of time. They normally don't need to be treated until there is rapid expansion or pain related to the hemangioma.
Different origin: Hepatic adenoma is an uncommon benign liver tumor that is hormone induced most resulting from oral contraceptive use.. These tumours are usually solitary, arise from the hepatocytes, can convert to malignancy and have a tendency to hemorrhage. When multiple the condition is known as hepatic adenomatosis. Hemangiomas of liver are purely vascular lesions derived from hepatic blood supply
Liver hemangioma: Called biologic variability. This is Dr. Talk for we don't know. Discuss with your team.
YES: But tell the masseur to be gentle around your liver region.See 1 more doctor answer
YES: Large hepatic hemangiomas of the liver are best managed surgically. Only when symptomatic. Make sure your surgeon is an experienced hepatic surgeon. Good luck.
Can a benign silghtly echogenic liver hemangioma seen in ultrasound grow from 1.7 cm to 2 cm in about 1-1/2 months?
Maybe, maybe not: Ultrasound is useful but has an error rate based on the examiner's methods. Angulation involves the movement of probe back and forth to better visualize various tissues. A cyst or growth can appear to be x cm on one angulation and x+y on another angulation. So, to compare two different exams, the techniques must have been identical (hard to accomplish with ultrasound). I recommend MRI or CT
Had clear ab CT scan. 6 weeks later had ab u/s w/ probable liver hemangioma dx. Why wld it not have been seen on CT scan?
Technique: It would depend on the way the ct was performed. With IV contrast or without. Timing delay etc. So it is possible the hemangioma may not have been see.
Diffuse urq pain at times lower & n back. U/s diagnosis "probable liver hemangioma". How confident can I be in that w/ "probable" & why wasn't it on CT scan?
Confident: Hemangiomas have a typical ultrasound appearance including round shape, bright (hyperechoic), and increased transmission of signal deep to the lesion; a confident diagnosis can be made in most cases. However, if you have any underlying liver disease such as cirrhosis then a ct would be needed for more specific evaluation.
Radio-frequency: ablation can take care of small lesions.
Doctor should help: Some hemangiomas will respond differently than others. The manufacturer recommends against taking Prometrium (micronized progesterone) if you have any 'liver disease.' as with all decisions you have to weigh risks to benefits, but under no circumstances shoudl you decide without your doctor closely invovled.
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