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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

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

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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I am supposed to have an ultrasound on my liver tomorrow why do i need to fast before the test?

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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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

See your liver specialist regularly
Every other month
Take prescribed medications carefully
Once
Avoid raw seafood and shellfish
Once
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What is granular pattern in the liver means in ultrasound results?

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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Ultrasound says liver measures 15.7 CM in length, is that normal size?

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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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself. If you're gaining weight, tell your doctor.
Daily
Take medications as directed by your doctor
Daily
Elevate legs to help with swelling
3x day
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Can you see if your liver is starting cirrosis on a ultrasound?

Can you see if your liver is starting cirrosis on a ultrasound?

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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What does " visualized portable liver normal " on ultrasound means? Was a follow for previous (6 months ago) us which suggested fatty liver...

What does " visualized  portable  liver  normal "  on ultrasound means? Was a follow for previous (6 months ago) us  which suggested fatty liver...

?typo?: It sounds like a typographical error in the dictation. It probably should read "visualized portions of the liver are normal." this should be clarified with the physician who read the study. ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

Minimize animal protein in your diet
daily
Take all meds as prescribed
daily
Especially take lactulose to reduce blood ammonia
daily
And avoid constipation
daily
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My ultrasound showed an echogentic lesion in my liver. What does this mean?

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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Sonogram (Definition)

The sonogram is a test that looks at body organs with no radiation. It uses sound waves and can give us a 2 dimensional view of organs such as the kidney, liver, heart, and lungs. It can define spaces that are either solid or full of fluid. I can also guide large needles into an organ or near the spine, and can help define the area being cut open. Its a ...Read more

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