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Doctor insights on: Cysts In The Liver On Ultrasound

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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I had an ovarian cyst. Got my vaginal ultrasound recently with no clue of any cyst. But I am still having pain in my abdomen. Can the reports be wrong?

Possibilities...: There are multiple potential reasons why your are still having abdominal/pelvic pain. Ovarian cysts can cause pain but not all the time. Usually happens if they are very large or rupture. Besides a gynecological problem your pain could come fro other sources like bowel problems. Follow up with your doctor in order to get to the bottom of your symptoms and get a final diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Have had sharp pain while standing in my lower left abdomen/pevic. After seeing a doctor and had ultrasounds done they found a smaller complex cyst.

Cyst: That cyst may be the issue causing the pain. Sounds like you have a doctor on the case, good, I would ask them how they want to proceed. Do not be afraid to ask your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 23 years old. Last few days I felt low to moderate pain in lower abdomen. I went to hospital for ultrasound Dr told me that I have poly cystic ovaries in both ovaries. Next day I went another hospital where I undergo for ultrasound 2 times but not diagnos

I'm 23 years old. Last few days I felt low to moderate pain in lower abdomen. I went to hospital for ultrasound Dr told me that I have poly cystic ovaries in both ovaries. Next day I went another hospital where I undergo for ultrasound 2 times but not diagnos

U/S interpretation: Of all the exams in medicine ultrasound examinations are the ones that are the most operator dependent. You have just experienced an example of that maxim. You have to try to find the most senior, most experienced person available to you and present yourself to him. Ultimately your diagnosis is not one made on U/S but by lab findings or laparoscopically. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi my ultrasound shows I hv 3cm haemorrhagic follicular cyst in my left ovary. Hv severe pain heaviness in. Lower abdomen. Sharp pain in left side?

Hi my ultrasound shows I hv 3cm haemorrhagic follicular cyst in my left ovary. Hv severe pain heaviness in. Lower abdomen. Sharp pain in left side?

Common symptoms: What you are experiencing is common for a hemorrhagic cyst. See your provider for follow up to make sure that you are aware of your options for treatment. ...Read more

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Compression of cecum found on colonoscopy, ultrasound w/ cyst L ovary, abdomen CT clear. Any other tests to take? Thoughts on cause of compression?

Compression of cecum found on colonoscopy, ultrasound w/ cyst L ovary, abdomen CT clear. Any other tests to take? Thoughts on cause of compression?

Not unless symptoms: If you aren't having symptoms from your "diagnosis" (compression of the cecum) then chances are that the finding is benign. It could have been from the ovarian cyst. (Once you reach menopause, ovarian cysts are rare & should be followed but at your age, understandable). It could have been from scarring. In any case, absent blood or constipation, it's not causing any harm and scans are neg. So relx ...Read more

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Hi. I am 23 years old & unmarried. Last days I felt moderate pain in lower abdomen. I undergone to ultrasound dr told me that I have poly cystic ovaries. Today I went to another hospital for ultrasound Dr told me that I have no any cyst. She told A/V uterus

Hi. I am 23 years old & unmarried. Last days I felt moderate pain in lower abdomen. I undergone to ultrasound dr told me that I have poly cystic ovaries. Today I went to another hospital for ultrasound Dr told me that I have no any cyst. She told A/V uterus

Incosistent results: It seems that you are getting inconsistent results. The truth is, polycystic ovaries are only seen some of the time on ultrasound. They should have a ring of cysts surrounding a somewhat large ovary.

To confirm/refute your polycystic ovaries, you should get a lab test-FSH and LH. Looking at their ratio, & your history, we will be able to give you a more accurate diagnosis. Make an appt to discuss ...Read more

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I had an ultra sound for cysts on my ovary and they found 5 spots on my liver what could that be?

I had an ultra sound for cysts on my ovary and they found 5 spots on my liver what could that be?

Hemangiomas: A little more detail on the spots found on the liver can narrow down the possibilities.
A collection of blood vessels (hemangiomas) can sometimes be identified on ultrasound.
Alternatives include fluid filled cysts such as liver cysts, parasitic infections (echinoccocus infections) etc.
Talk to your physician for appropriate evaluation. ...Read more

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Ultrsound revealed a septated hepatic cyst within the left lobe of my liver (3.2 x 3.5 x 3.1 cm.). What other tests are indicated?

Ultrsound revealed a septated hepatic cyst within the left lobe of my liver (3.2 x 3.5 x 3.1 cm.). What other tests are indicated?

Nothing: Liver cysts are benign. If there are no clinical signs of infection, no need to further evaluate. ...Read more

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6/2014 sonogram showed 1.7 x 1.0 cm hypoechoic lesion in superior R lobe of liver-cannot be confirmed to reflect a simple cyst. Need follow-up?

6/2014 sonogram showed 1.7 x 1.0 cm hypoechoic lesion in superior R lobe of liver-cannot be confirmed to reflect a simple cyst. Need follow-up?

No, not simple cyst: Everyone can have 1 or 2 "simple" cysts in the liver & live a long, full life. If it is confirmed to be a simple cyst, & you have no other symptoms or conditions that explain its presence, then there's no need for follow-up. Chances are you will have it for the rest of your life & it will not cause any problems. Thanks for your question & thanks for using HealthTap. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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