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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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52 female swollen legs and feet, legs are bright red and warm at touch.I gained 30lbs in less than a week, i take thyroid med. Went to my dr, she ran blood work and it all came back ok. Had ultra sound of liver and heart and all is good. Seen my cardio dr

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Hello. : Hello. You indicated that you gained 30 pounds in one week - usually that rapid a weight gain is due to fluid retention. The swelling of your lower extremities helps to support that idea. I don't know if the blood work, and ultrasounds were done before or after that weight gain. Even if a definitive cause is not known, your doctor should be able to help diuress some of that fluid (if that is infact what it is). I am a psychiatrist, so i can not provide you with a second opinion. However, if you had not yet had that level of weight gain, please get this reassessed by your provider. Also ask about help to reduce the fluid that is being retained in your lower extremities. In the meantime, you may wish to sit with your legs propped up, so that you won't have so much gravitational pull on the fluids. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. You Sung Sang
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
26 years in practice
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I am supposed to have an ultrasound on my liver tomorrow why do i need to fast before the test?

Dr. You Sung Sang
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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I am supposed to have an ultrasound on my liver tomorrow why do i need to fast before the test?

Bowel contents: Eating before a liver ultrasound can increase food/gas content in your intestines which could interfere with the images. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Board Certified, Radiology
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What can ultrasound of the liver be looking for?

Dr. Paxton Daniel
Board Certified, Radiology
34 years in practice
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What can ultrasound of the liver be looking for?

Liver: Tumors, dilated bile ducts, liver enlargement, and, as the gallbladder is also there, a look for gallstones. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Bream
Board Certified, Radiology
20 years in practice
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What could show up on a liver ultrasound?

Dr. Peter Bream
Board Certified, Radiology
20 years in practice
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What could show up on a liver ultrasound?

Lots of things: Ultrasound is a good way to image the liver for problems without using x-rays. Things that ultrasound picks up include gall bladder problems, masses in the liver, fluid around the liver, and problems with blood flow. It is most commonly used for problems with the gall bladder and biliary tree. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. David Dang
Board Certified, Radiology
9 years in practice
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What can I do to get a low-cost liver ultrasound?

Dr. David Dang
Board Certified, Radiology
9 years in practice
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See below: I don't know what your range for low cost is. I liver ultrasound is probably a few hundred dollars (probably around $300). Some imaging centers have competitive cash options, ie, non-insurance rates. You may want to call a few places near you to check. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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What is granular pattern in the liver means in ultrasound results?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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What is granular pattern in the liver means in ultrasound results?

Coarse appearance?: Granular may mean a coarse appearance, instead of a smooth appearance; or an appearance containing little irregularities rather than a homogenous even appearance. The doctor can review the entire report and the summary findings with the patient, to see if there is concern of cirrhosis, fatty liver, or some other disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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Ultrasound says liver measures 15.7 CM in length, is that normal size?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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Ultrasound says liver measures 15.7 CM in length, is that normal size?

Fatty liver: Lose weight if overweight, cut out alcohol if using; cut out simple sugars, starches, decrease fat in diet. Get followed up. Sometimes, fatty liver leads to chronic inflammation, even scarring in the liver. Check meds with doc. Can be reversible, but needs diligence and follow up. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Yepuri
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
15 years in practice
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What are all the reasons for having a liver ultrasound?

Dr. Jay Yepuri
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
15 years in practice
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There are many: But common ones include abdominal pain (in the right upper quadrant where the gallbladder is located) or for evaluation of elevated liver enzymes. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Wang
Board Certified, Radiology
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Can you see if your liver is starting cirrosis on a ultrasound?

Dr. Eric Wang
Board Certified, Radiology
14 years in practice
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See below: You can see the results of long standing end stage cirrhosis on ultrasound, but seeing "starting cirrhosis" or early cirrhosis would be tougher. You can see fatty liver and masses, as well as other things. "starting cirrhosis" not so much... ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Board Certified, Radiology
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My ultrasound showed an echogentic lesion in my liver. What does this mean?

Dr. Joseph Accurso
Board Certified, Radiology
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My ultrasound showed an echogentic lesion in my liver. What does this mean?

Probably benign: Most homogeneous echogenic lesions in the liver are benign, however the actual imaging appearance including the appearance of the tissue around the lesion is important to make that claim. A cavernous hemangioma is the most common benign diagnosis. Get a copy of your ultrasound report and review it with your doctor. If things remain unclear, further workup and additional imaging may be needed. ...Read more

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