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Cat scan results say Geographic Heterogeneity throughout the Liver and is likely Geographic Fatty Infiltration. What does it mean and how can I treatit?

Cat scan results say Geographic Heterogeneity throughout the Liver and is likely Geographic Fatty Infiltration. What does it mean and how can I treatit?

Diet: What you eat can affect the way the liver looks on CT. Fatty tissue deposits in different locations around the liver called geographic fatty deposits. The food we eat will affect the way the liver appears on imaging. Best to talk to your doctor for details ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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The abd ultrasound show everything normal, liver normal size but minimal heterogeneity in echo texture and midly prominent veins in splenic hilum.?

The abd ultrasound show everything normal, liver normal size but minimal heterogeneity in echo texture and midly prominent veins in splenic hilum.?

Ultrasound report: There will always be variability in looking at abdominal ultrasounds from one person to another. The detail you provided was just language used to describe subtle differences in what was being seen in your case compared to someone else's. There was nothing in that description that was alarming. ...Read more

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The abd ultras show everything normal, liver normal size but minimal heterogeneity in echo texture and a few prominent blood vessels in splenic hives?

The abd ultras show everything normal, liver normal size but minimal heterogeneity in echo texture and a few prominent blood vessels in splenic hives?

Probably normal: Ultrasound findings. Ask the doctor who ordered the test to review the ultrasound results with you in relation to your medical history, physical exam ; blood tests. ...Read more

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What does heterogeneity of echotexture in the kidney mean?

What does heterogeneity of echotexture in the kidney mean?

Ultrasound cloudy: The increased echogenicity generally means there is some chronic process going on. Knowing the sizes of the kidneys, whether there are stones, cysts, or evidence of obstruction, are all important other features that aid in giving the entire impression., . ...Read more

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What does subtle heterogeneity and increased thickness of anterior fundal myometrium mean please?

What does subtle heterogeneity and increased thickness of anterior fundal myometrium mean please?

Description: It sounds like you are trying to interpret an ultrasound. This is a description of what the uterus looks like. It needs to be taken in conjunction with the clinical picture. Are you mid cycle, pregnant or just lost a pregnancy, looking for a tumor? It just means that there are different components of material in the uterus like old and new blood in the tissue being the most common. ...Read more

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What is heterogeneity of the testis?

What is heterogeneity of the testis?

Uneven look: Typically this word is used by radiologists to describe the look of testicles on ultrasound. It is not the same as a "mass" or "tumor" but simply suggests a hard to define "unevenness" in the look of the testicle on ultrasound. ...Read more

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What is a diffuse heterogeneity of the gland?

What is a diffuse heterogeneity of the gland?

Thyroid: Diffuse heterogeneity means size/thickness is different throughout. It is not smooth. May be related to graves disease, hashimotos thyroiditis. ...Read more

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What does abnormal signal intensity posteriorly in the midline at C2-superior endplate C3. Mild cord signal heterogeneity postiorly also at C5-6 in po?

What does abnormal signal intensity posteriorly in the midline at C2-superior endplate C3. Mild cord signal heterogeneity postiorly also at C5-6 in po?

See below: There is a certain "signal" or color that structures have as seen on an MRI. When the color is different than expected, they are described as abnormal. Just one possible cause of abnormal signal at C3 would be if you had a small fracture there, for example. I would not hesitate to discuss directly with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does heterogeneity of the thyroid gland mean?

What does heterogeneity of the thyroid gland mean?

Thyroiditis?: This is the description of the appearance of the thyroid on ultrasound and is most often seen in thyroiditis or inflammation of the thyroid. The exact cause requires that your doctor compare this to your history, exam and lab work. ...Read more

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What's does generalised signal heterogeneity within the articular cartilage mean?

Not uniform: Just means that the cartilage looks different in different areas, it does not have a consistent appearance throughout the whole area of cartilage. It could be due to a number of factors. Talk to your doctor about what it means in your situation. ...Read more

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What does "Vague area of heterogeneity in the posterior uterine myometrium without a discrete fibroid or mass." Mean & what could it be?

What does "Vague area of heterogeneity in the posterior uterine myometrium without a discrete fibroid or mass." Mean & what could it be?

This is a: "NON-SPECIFIC" finding. That means that it does NOT mean. ..anything! It could be a very EARLY fibroid but certainly NOT TO WORRY!

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Us normal except-"mild heterogeneity to the spleen with borderline splenomegaly. Cannot rule out lymphomatous involvement." what does this indicate?

Us normal except-"mild heterogeneity to the spleen with borderline splenomegaly. Cannot rule out lymphomatous involvement." what does this indicate?

Funky spleen: Means that the spleen is slightly enlarged and not uniform-looking but the radiologist cannot say anything else based on that test. Could be many things including (but not exclusively) a lymphoma. Your doctor may need to do additional tests depending on the clinical picture and the reason for which he/she ordered the us to begin with. Talk to him/her about its implications. Best to you. ...Read more

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An MRI of my C shows cord parenchyma reveals abnormal signal intensity & heterogeneity and moderate to severe left C5 foraminal narrow. Interpret?

Tricky: Cannot interpret without report in front of me. And, cannot give specific information AND....
while multiple sclerosis, infection, tumor CAN give heterogeneity (tumor and infection would generally have a LOT more on the report)
REGULAR DEGENERATIVE disease causes the cord to have inflammation and scarring. Often a reason for surgery. ...Read more

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What does adenomatous changes involving both lobes and the isthmus with diffuse heterogeneity and with relatively benign-appearing hypoechoic density mean? My primary doctor doesn't seem concerned and I am still waiting for the results of my uptake test.

What does adenomatous changes involving both lobes and the isthmus with diffuse heterogeneity and with relatively benign-appearing hypoechoic density mean? My primary doctor doesn't seem concerned and I am still waiting for the results of my uptake test.

Complex report: RRaza ~ :-)) this is the very complicated way of saying that you have a diffusely enlarged thyroid, consistent with a multi-nodular goitre with a single dominant nodule. The nodule will need to be watched because there is slight increased incidence in malignancy, (if you can needle it biopsy done) but TSH will come back normal no doubt and no treatment involved. Surgery occasionally if massive. ...Read more

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Diffuse heterogeneity of the uterine myometrium w/o discrete mass sugg of adenomyosis and small fibroids pls explain the meaning of my US. WORRIED?

Diffuse heterogeneity of the uterine myometrium w/o discrete mass sugg of adenomyosis and small fibroids pls explain the meaning of my US. WORRIED?

Adenomyosis: Your sonogram from what you have written is suggestive of adenomyosis. Women who have adenomyosis usually have pelvic pain chronically or severe pain just during their periods. Typical medications that women use to combat the pain are Motrin, Naprosyn, (naproxen) Alleve. There are birth control methods that can stop or decrease periods--Depo-Provera which can also be used to help with the pain. ...Read more

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What is this slight heterogeneity to echo texture of thyroid parenchtma but no nodules detected. Thyroid ultrasound done 1-8-15?

What is this slight heterogeneity to echo texture of thyroid parenchtma but no nodules detected. Thyroid ultrasound done 1-8-15?

Nonspecific: But this finding can be seen in thyroid diseases such as goiter (enlarged thyroid) and thyroid inflammation (thyroiditis). It can very often just be a normal finding. The ultrasound exam has to be correlated with your clinical exam and thyroid function tests. ...Read more

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Small thyroid, heterogenous in echotexture. No mass.? small nodularity inferior lobe. RT nodule or heterogeneity gland. Need interpretation

Small thyroid, heterogenous in echotexture. No mass.? small nodularity inferior lobe. RT nodule or heterogeneity gland. Need interpretation

May need follow up: The provider who ordered the study should have been able to explain the findings to you and whether or not you need any follow up. There is a possibillity you may need a follow up test that looks at whether the areas of nodularity are active hormone producing tissue or whether they are cold spots in the thyroid. Cold spots often have to be looked at in more detail. ...Read more

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What does "heterogeneity of echotexture" mean in relation to endometrium (or uterus?) from a pelvic/transvaginal ultrasound?

Description.: Heterogeneity describes the muscular part of the uterus in this case. It means that the expected appearance (all of it looks the same or homogeneous) is replaced by an appearance wherein the muscular part of the uterus has a varied (heterogenous) appearance. Typical causes are multiple small fibroids and adenomyosis (ingrowth of endometrial glandular tissue into the muscle). ...Read more

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What do you mean by " the liver is normal in size and configuration. It exhibits coarsened parenchymal echopattern and smooth external outline."?

What do you mean by " the liver is normal in size and configuration. It exhibits coarsened parenchymal echopattern and smooth external outline."?

Normal but bumpy.: This is from an ultrasound exam of your liver. The outline of your liver is smooth, and its size and shape are normal. But the texture of your liver is coarse, or bumpy. This can mean some scarring of the liver, cirrhosis from alcohol, chronic hepatitis, or just a "fatty" liver. There are other rare causes. It helps to know the whole story. Why you had the test in the first place! Ask your doc. ...Read more

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Do the selcept increase the livers anzyme?

Do the selcept increase the livers anzyme?

It can: You are asking about cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) or mycophenolate, correct? Elevation of the liver enzyme transaminases sgot/ast and sgpt/alt is fairly common. Your physician knows about this and can guide you on what to do. ...Read more

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My liver size is 14.4?

My liver size is 14.4?

That's normal: Up to 15 cm on the right is perfectly fine, a taller person's liver may be several cm taller itself, and some folks have an odd-shaped liver with a much bigger span but that works fine. ...Read more

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What is a gressy liver?

Fatty liver: Extra fat storage in the liver is a result of obesity. In the same way we store fat in the obvious parts of our body (arms, abdomen, legs, face) when we gain weight, we will store fat in our organs inside of us. ...Read more

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Can you feel your liver?

Can you feel your liver?

Hopefully not: Most individuals cannot feel their liver. It can be difficult for physicians to feel the liver unless it is enlarged. Normally on exam we may feel the distal edge, however, it is sometimes easier to percuss the size. In thin patients it can be easier. If someone has liver disease the liver edge can be found as low as the iliac crest or hip. Hope this helps, good luck. ...Read more

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What is liver shrinkage?

What is liver shrinkage?

Likely Cirrhosis: I suspect you mean that the liver has become smaller. A liver which has cirrhosis will become smaller and shrunken. This is a bad sign of advanced disease. ...Read more

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Where is your liver?

Where is your liver?

Right upper belly: The liver is in the right upper belly, actually protected by the lower ribs of the right side of the rib cage. ...Read more