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What exactly are liver lesions?

What exactly are liver lesions?

Masses: Liver lesion is another way to describe a mass in the liver. There are many different types of masses and they can be benign or malignant. Cyst can sometimes be referred to as lesions. Most of the time a mix of differnent types of x-ray tests and possibly a biopsy can figure out what it is.

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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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How commonly are liver lesions benign?

How commonly are liver lesions benign?

It depends: Benign liver lesions are found in routine imaging studies in more than 50% of adults. Even in adults with cancer, only 10% of liver lesions are cancerous. The characteristics of the lesion on the imaging study, the type of imaging study, and the size and number of lesions all play a part in determining the chance a lesion is benign. Radiologists are trained to decide when more tests are needed.

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Please explain what are some symptoms if any of liver lesions and hemaginomas?

Please explain what are some symptoms if any of liver lesions and hemaginomas?

Not a problem: Liver hemangiomas don't cause trouble. They're Gorbachev birthmarks of the organ and you're free to ignore them.

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What causes hypodense liver lesions?

What causes hypodense liver lesions?

On a CT scan?: The differential diagnosis for hypodense lesions on a ct scan of the liver is quite expensive. This would include everything from benign lesions such as hemangioma, liver cyst and benign tumors to liver cancer and metastasis.

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What are hypodense subcapsular metastic liver lesions?

What are hypodense subcapsular metastic liver lesions?

Liver lesions: This a serious problem. If this is regarding you then get to your physician asap. If this is regarding someone else get them to thier doctor. This means that a primary cancer somewhere else in the body has spread to the liver. Please seek attention.

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Are liver lesions related to back pain?

Are liver lesions related to back pain?

Can cause back pain: If a liver legion is large enough, it can certainly cause back pain. In fact, any irritation to the liver at all can cause back pain either with direct pressure or by referred pain. We can't differentiate how our insides feel very well and sometimes internal pain will present itself as referred pain and this is common with liver issues. Hope this answer helps!

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Is it common to biopsy hypoechoic liver lesions?

Is it common to biopsy hypoechoic liver lesions?

Yes: From the way it looks on ct scan it can be concerning for cancer therefore a biopy is need to determine if cancer is present.

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Are liver lesions dangerous by themselves, and how would they affect someone with cirrhosis?

Are liver lesions dangerous by themselves, and how would they affect someone with cirrhosis?

What is a "lesion": A lesion is a non-specific and meaningless term meaning there is "something" seen in the liver that shouldn't be there. It can be very serious, or can mean little or nothing. Depends on what the lesion is - a benign tumor, a cancer, an infection, tuberculosis, a cirrhotic nodule - all are lesions. At 26, I hope you aren't speaking of yourself. Lesions need a biopsy or some specific diagnosis.

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I have liver lesions but don't know what it is and in the process of seing a specialist. I want to try "chaga mushroom" suplement. Is it safe?

Don't.: Not a good idea. Although chaga may be "safe." it has no place in the diagnosis, evaluation or treatment of your liver lesions.

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Getting nauseated where I have to eat to feel better could liver lesions I have be a cause of this? If not any idea onwhat else could be causing this

Getting nauseated where I have to eat to feel better could liver lesions I have be a cause of this? If not any idea onwhat else could be causing this

Avoiding fatty foods: Many reasons cause nausea. It is not always from the GI tract. Pregnancy, neurology, ENT infection etc. Eating small meals, avoiding fatty, spicy foods, alcohol. If not improved, need to see your primary care physicians. Blood tests and ultrasound of the abdomen can be done to examine the liver. It is rare that liver would cause nausea alone.

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What is difference between echogenic and hypoechogenic liver lesions seen in ultrasound?

What is difference between echogenic and hypoechogenic liver lesions seen in ultrasound?

Those are: Descriptive terms related to the appearance on ultrasound. "Echogenic" means it looks brighter than normal liver (because it reflects more of the US echoes), hypoechogenic means it looks darker. The terms are strictly descriptive, they don't necessarily imply any specific etiology of the lesions.

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What are most common symptoms of early colorectal liver metastasis? If small liver lesions are clm, how fast do they grow big enough to be chacterized?

What are most common symptoms of early colorectal liver metastasis? If small liver lesions are clm, how fast do they grow big enough to be chacterized?

No symptoms: Early liver metastases have no specific symptoms. Rate of growth of clm is variable, particularly if in the process of traetment. Pet/ct is most sensitive way to stage colorectal malignancy, determine if there are metastasis and to follow response to therapy of clm.

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Can benign hepatic liver lesions spread to other body areas? Waiting to see if they grow in few months with mri. Can I get these out will come back?

Can benign hepatic liver lesions spread to other body areas? Waiting to see if they grow in few months with mri. Can I get these out will come back?

No: By definition benign hepatic or liver lesions don't spread or else they are not benign but malignant. Rarely "benign" that is non-cancer, non-malignant liver lesions grow big enough to rupture or cause symptoms requiring surgery, but most are incidental findings during imaging study such as us, ct scan or MRI & are of no consequence other than usually followed over time to confirm not growing.

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What do echogenic and slightly hypoechoic liver lesions in ultrasound mean?

What do echogenic and slightly hypoechoic liver lesions in ultrasound mean?

Liver lesions: Unfortunately, without being able to view the images or a more complete description, it could be anything from a benign process to something more serious. Echogenic simply means that the lesions appear brighter than normal liver on ultrasound, hypoechoic means they appear darker. Talk to your doc about the results.

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Do liver lesions most likely benign hepatic make a person very tired? Does liver lesions have to do with a little higher than normal glucose levels?

No & no: Benign liver lesions do not usually cause symptoms. Some exception include cavernous hemangiomas can rarely bleed enough to cause pain or become infected; amoebic liver abscess may cause pain, fever, chills and fatigue; fatty liver with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) may stretch liver capsule causing dull ache in RUQ of abdomen. Blood sugars not affected by benign liver lesions.

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I had us that showed multiple hyperechoic liver lesions. Consider hemangias. Mri was inconclusive did not look like hemangioma but too risky to biopsy?

I had us that showed multiple hyperechoic liver lesions. Consider hemangias. Mri was inconclusive did not look like hemangioma but too risky to biopsy?

Not really: Enough information to venture a guess. Why is biopsy too risky? What are the specific MRI characteristics of the lesions? If MRI was truly inconclusive, CT scan might be helpful for additional evaluation.

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Liver lesions can have different measrmnts in CT vs US, where CT is more acurate. Can measurements also be differece between CT and MRI?

Liver lesions can have different measrmnts in CT vs US, where CT is more acurate. Can measurements also be differece between CT and MRI?

Yes and no.: The lesion could still be the same size, but the reported measurements can differ because of slight differences in the manual placement of the measurement calipers, as well as potentially measuring the lesion in different planes.

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Prognosis for 3 pancreatic ampullary cancer tumors. 1 removed with whipple. Chemo 7months helped 1 shrink & 1 disappear. Liver lesions shrank.?

Prognosis for 3 pancreatic ampullary cancer tumors. 1 removed with whipple. Chemo 7months helped 1 shrink & 1 disappear. Liver lesions shrank.?

It depends: Prognosis for Pancreatic Cancer is typically quite poor. But in some patients (5-10%) the tumor can be completely controlled but 90+ percent do tend to get into trouble in one to two years after Surgery. Are you currently free of any visible Cancer in your abdomen? Tell us the details of your recent test results...do they show any tumors or have these been completely controlled???

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I have 6cm area of colon identified as possible mass on CT w contrast, and innumerable low density liver lesions. Is it possible the lesions are mets?

I have 6cm area of colon identified as possible mass on CT w contrast, and innumerable low density liver lesions. Is it possible the lesions are mets?

Unfortunately yes: Sorry to read this. I assume you will have some sort of tissue diagnosis soon, either with a CT-guided biopsy of a liver lesion or through a colonoscopy. If you are found to have cancer at your age, you should have genetic testing.

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Mcrc patient. Cea before chemo was 65, after round 1-80, after round 2-55, after round 3-40 But ct scan shows increase in size in liver lesions? Can this happen?

Mcrc patient. Cea before chemo was 65, after round 1-80, after round 2-55, after round 3-40 But ct scan shows increase in size in liver lesions? Can this happen?

Yes: The CEA level is not always reliable in judging whether therapy for colorectal cancer is successful or not. It is just one tool, just as the scans are. You should rely on the judgment of your oncologist as to how your therapy is doing for you. Good luck.