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Ct scan showed 1cm cyst on liver. Gi ordered ultrasound in 6mnth. Do I need 2nd opinion to be sure just a cyst? Gi also said AFP but no reason why.

Depends: A benign liver cyst can be very straight forward to diagnose on a ct, if it is water density on ct measurement, uncomplicated with no internal septations and no enhancement. If so, the workup can stop there. If it not so clear cut, it should be correlated with us. It depends on the radiologists report. Afp is a blood test that can indicate certain types of cancers. Why ordered depends on your hx.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Mri abd prob focal modular hyperplasia & cyst (small) on liver. If md orders ultrasound of abdomen, what will it show that the MRI didn't is us needed

Mri abd prob focal modular hyperplasia & cyst (small) on liver. If md orders ultrasound of abdomen, what will it show that the MRI didn't is us needed

See below: Us may be used to confirm the cyst if the MRI was not performed with contrast. Us does not help further characterize the focal nodular hyperplasia, although it can be used for future follow up. It may also be possible that biopsy of the "probable" focal nodular hyperplasia was recommended and us is done to see if this nodule can be seen on us for us-guided biopsy.

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Ultrasound revealed a cyst on my liver. Scared. What will be the next step that the dr takes?

Ultrasound revealed a cyst on my liver. Scared. What will be the next step that the dr takes?

? get more imaging: They may get further imaging to look closely at it. They may also get some lab tests if not done already. Cysts are typically more benign but we have to make sure. Take it one step at a time. Hope that helps!

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Ultrasound showed liver with mild coarsened echotexture and a hypoechoic well-circumscribed lesion. Is this a cyst?

Ultrasound showed liver with mild coarsened echotexture and a hypoechoic well-circumscribed lesion. Is this a cyst?

It is possible,: But cysts are usually described as "anechoic" rather than "hypoechoic". This could potentially be a solid mass, and further evaluation with CT or MRI may be needed to determine whether or not it is indeed a cyst.

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6.2 CM complex liver cyst which is non vascular, I really worried, I just got the results of ultrasound. Is it bad?

6.2 CM complex liver cyst which is non vascular, I really worried, I just got the results of ultrasound. Is it bad?

Non-vascular is good: Cysts can occur in many organs. If it is non-vascular, and does not demonstrate an associated mass and has a thin wall, it is probably a benign cyst. Follow up with your doctor, though, to be sure. Since I cannot see your cyst, there could be other associated findings that may be helpful and important.

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Abd ultrasound showed 1.7x1.0x1.7 CM hypoechoic lesion in R liver lobe..."difficult to clear internal echoes to confirm simple cyst"...next step?

Abd ultrasound showed 1.7x1.0x1.7 CM hypoechoic lesion in R liver lobe..."difficult to clear internal echoes to confirm simple cyst"...next step?

See below.: Have you pcp review findings with radiologist who read study. Depending upon degree of suspicion of the area, radiologist may only request a short term follow up, pre and post contrast CT, or possibly MRI. The follow up will also depend upon any other findings or symptoms you may have.

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Ultrasound of liver shows a 2.4x1.5x3.2cm hypoechoic, avascular mass with internal debris may represent a complex cyst. Any cause for concern?

Ultrasound of liver shows a 2.4x1.5x3.2cm hypoechoic, avascular mass with internal debris may represent a complex cyst. Any cause for concern?

Some: Some, but not a whole lot. If indeed this is a complex cyst, these are common and benign. In cases where there's ambiguity (when you see the word "may, ") then depending on symptoms and sometimes lab values, this study would either be repeated in time to assess for change, or a more detailed imaging technique such as CT or MRI would be used to evaluate the lesion in more detail without waiting.

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Recently blood test shows increased liver function, ultrasound showed pancreatic and liver cysts, what could this mean?

Recently blood test shows increased liver function, ultrasound showed pancreatic and liver cysts, what could this mean?

Cysts: Pancreatic cysts are of many types, some benign some with malignant potential. Liver cysts are less well understood. Increased lfts mean something--medication, alcohol, internal liver disorders--is causing liver dysfunction. Ultrasound is just a screening step for more tests, including ct, nuclear med, and other blood studies. Any cyst (s) in either organ may require a biopsy.

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Ultrasound says”cyst with internal sediment”on my liver, I’m getting a CT but what are the chances of it being cancer? (get hot feeling but normal temp)

Ultrasound says”cyst with internal sediment”on my liver, I’m getting a CT but what are the chances of it being cancer? (get hot feeling but normal temp)

A cyst with: Internal debris would have an extremely low likelihood of being cancer. The CT will provide a more complete assessment.

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Healthy 60 year old female have had elevated liver enzymes for 20+ years, no health issues. Have had ultrasounds, mri, all that showed were liver cyst?

Healthy 60 year old female have had elevated liver enzymes for 20+ years, no health issues. Have had ultrasounds, mri, all that showed were liver cyst?

Many potential cause: Liver enzymes can go up due to hepatitis caused from one of many causes like excess of alcohol use, viral hepatitis, fatty liver in an overweight person and then some rare conditions which are familial/hereditary. Your primary care doctor can sort it all out for you. A hepatologist is a specialist in case you wanted further advice.

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Is it possible to have mildly elevated liver enzymes and some small spots on your liver during an ultrasound and have the two findings be totally unrelated? Could you have non alcoholic fatty liver disease and cysts or something similar?

Is it possible to have mildly elevated liver enzymes and some small spots on your liver during an ultrasound and have the two findings be totally unrelated? Could you have non alcoholic fatty liver disease and cysts or something similar?

Yes.: This is in fact common. Both liver cysts and liver enzyme abnormalities are very common. Therefore the overlap of those two is also common. It would be unlikely that a cyst alone would be responsible for liver enzyme elevations.

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Veey scared have liver hemangiomas had ultrasound of gallbladder tech mentioned cyst on liver I heard blood flow is rhis cancer I am 46?

Veey scared have liver hemangiomas had ultrasound of gallbladder tech mentioned cyst on liver I heard blood flow is rhis cancer I am 46?

Speak to the doctor: When ever sonograms are done for gall bladder disease incidental findings like small cysts and hemagiomas will also seen routinely, only your doctor (s) has expert knowledge, and management skill of findings not the technician, speak to your doctor.

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Ultrasound & CT show liver cysts and hemangioma. Could these be the cause of discomfort under rt rib; digesting issues after polyp removal also.

Ultrasound & CT show liver cysts and hemangioma. Could these be the cause of discomfort under rt rib; digesting issues after polyp removal also.

Yes, it could be: Liver cysts and hemangiomas are for the most part, benign, but they can cause several symptoms - most commonly a vague pressure sensation in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, sometimes radiating to the back. You should see a liver surgical specialist for further consultation.

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Hub had a CT scan that found a 7 CM cyst in his liver read as benign and one in his kidney. Ultrasound showed complex renal cyst. Related? Age 69

Hub had a CT scan that found a 7 CM cyst in his liver read as benign and one in his kidney. Ultrasound showed complex renal cyst. Related? Age 69

Unrelated: Usually those 2 cysts are unrelated, however if the renal cyst is complex then a follow dedicated ct or ultrasound of the kidney should be done in 3-6 months to confirm stability.

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Have a few hemangiomas on liver went for an ultrasound of gallbladder due to polyps and tech said liver cyst then I heard doppler flow is this cancer?

Have a few hemangiomas on liver went for an ultrasound of gallbladder due to polyps and tech said liver cyst then I heard doppler flow is this cancer?

UNLIKELY: A liver cyst is a common finding on ultrasound of this organ. It is fluid filled. Tumors, whether benign or cancerous, are solid. Hemangiomas are also extremely common findings of liver ultrasound.

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Ultrasound & CT show liver cysts and hemangioma. Could these be the cause of discomfort under rt rib; digestive issues; all after polyp removal.

Ultrasound & CT show liver cysts and hemangioma. Could these be the cause of discomfort under rt rib; digestive issues; all after polyp removal.

Yes, it could be: Liver cysts and hemangiomas are for the most part, benign, but they can cause several symptoms - most commonly a vague pressure sensation in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, sometimes radiating to the back. You should see a liver surgical specialist for further consultation.

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Dull cramp pain on right flank. Ultrasound found 17mm cyst in liver fam doc said its nothing serious. I forgot to ask more questions, could the cyst be the cause of the dull pain? Can I drink alcohol?

Usually not: 17 mm cyst should not cause symptoms unless it is near a diaphragm or nerve endings. If your live function tests are okay and if you do not drink more than 2 drinks at a time and not more than 2 times a month you can.

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Pain in the lower left abdomen for about 3 months. Had ultrasound all organs ok but cyst in left ovary got vagynal ultrasound no cyst. What can it be?

Pain in the lower left abdomen for about 3 months. Had ultrasound all organs ok but cyst in left ovary got vagynal ultrasound no cyst. What can it be?

Ovarian cysts: The left ovarian cyst seen on the ultrasound could cause your left abdominal pain. Depending on the size, they are often observed and can resolve over time. In your age group, other causes are less common. If this pain persists, a further workup is needed. If everything is negative, then you should discuss treating this cyst to see if the pain resolves.

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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


Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more