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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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A health checkup showed my sgpt level was 342. An ultrasound showed an early fatty liver infiltration. What can be further effects of the same?

A health checkup showed my sgpt level was 342. An ultrasound showed an early fatty liver infiltration. What can be further effects of the same?

Fix this now: I'm very glad this was found and thankfully fixing this up will probably save your health. No alcohol for now; you are likely to be tested for hepatitis b and c, autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromatosis and wilson's; each is very treatable if diagnosed on time, lethal if missed. Or your enzymes may be up and liver fatty because it's time for a switch to an intensive aerobic fitness lifestyle. ...Read more

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I am having low and high alkaline phosphatase result. Ultrasound and X-ray report shows a healthy liver. What could be the cause?

I am having low and high alkaline phosphatase result. Ultrasound and X-ray report shows a healthy liver. What could be the cause?

Many sources: Alkaline phosphate is high due to multiple reasons. They get high due to problem in liver, bone or intestine. It's unclear if your level gets to normal. It will be wise to discuss with pcp. ...Read more

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Fatty tissue found on live found via ultrasound at ER on tuesday, enlarged liver and no health insurance. Can i wait to see a specialist?

Fatty tissue found on live found via ultrasound at ER on tuesday, enlarged liver and no health insurance. Can i wait to see a specialist?

Yes: I'd start with a good general physical and lab evaluation by a primary doctor. Steatosis, or fatty infiltration of the liver, can be seen in people who are overweight, are diabetic, or have high cholesterol/triglycerides. You may not need anything more than a weight loss program or management of your cholesterol. Start at the beginning, and don't panic. Good luck. ...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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I am 29 years old. Feel very healthy. Normal weight for my body. Had ultrasound done on liver for elevated enzymes. Just had mono and norovirus a few weeks ago. They found 3 small spots on my liver no bigger than 1 cm. Thoughts? Common causes?

I am 29 years old. Feel very healthy. Normal weight for my body. Had ultrasound done on liver for elevated enzymes. Just had mono and norovirus a few weeks ago. They found 3 small spots on my liver no bigger than 1 cm. Thoughts? Common causes?

Need much more info: You need to find out from your doctor what they mean when they say "spots". Were these seen on ultrasound or with CT scan,other imaging? Are they cystic or do they look like solid tissue abnormality. It's way to hard to make any guesses not even knowing how these were imaged. You had mono recently and this virus can affect the liver, so it may be nothing more than left over inflammation.... ...Read more

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Good morning, i had an abdominal ultrasound which revealed lesions on my liver, suggesting liver hemangioma. But to be sure they want me to have a CT scan. I am scared. I am a 35 year old female, otherwise healthy, non smoker, non drinker.... The size of

Good morning, i had an abdominal ultrasound which revealed lesions on my liver, suggesting liver hemangioma. But to be sure they want me to have a CT scan. I am scared. I am a 35 year old female, otherwise healthy, non smoker, non drinker.... The size of

Liver hemangioma: Liver hemangiomas are common benign lesions incidentally seen on ultrasound. There are rare tumors that can appear similar to hemangiomas on ultrasound. Radiologists routinely recommend ct or MRI to confirm the diagnosis of benign hemangioma. ...Read more

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Lower right abdomen pain for 33 days. Appendix shown healthy on ultrasound. Had no other symptoms during these days. Should i be worried?

Lower right abdomen pain for 33 days. Appendix shown healthy on ultrasound. Had no other symptoms during these days. Should i be worried?

More information plz: When does it hurt? Is there a time of the day when the pain is present or worse? Does eating make it better or worse? Is it related to a particular food? Are you having normal bowel movements? The first thing I would recommend is to keep a food and symptom log for several days. Write down everything you eat and when the pain happens. Then take that to your doctor. It will help narrow it down. ...Read more

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Episodic moderate pain in lower left abdomen under and below left ribcage. Ultrasound negative. Appetite healthy. Sometimes seems like muscle. Ideas?

Episodic moderate pain in lower left abdomen under and below left ribcage. Ultrasound negative. Appetite healthy. Sometimes seems like muscle. Ideas?

Could be muscle: Often at the edges of the ribcage and illiac/hip bones where the muscle/tendon attach can be strained..Turning too quickly..Such as throwing a ball etc..Can cause a strain/pull on these edges resulting in inflammation and pain..At times lasting for months and much testing done without answer. A good physical exam is all that is needed for these cases..Check with your doc..Again.. ...Read more

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What could show up on a liver ultrasound?

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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What can ultrasound of the liver be looking for?

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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What can I do to get a low-cost liver ultrasound?

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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What are all the reasons for having a liver ultrasound?

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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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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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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I have off and on pain right under liver area for months now. Ultrasound done 4 months ago was ok. What could it be?

I have off and on pain right under liver area for months now. Ultrasound done 4 months ago was ok. What could it be?

GallBladder?: Hi, Thank you for your question. It is possible you could have an issue with your gall bladder. You should have labs done to determine this. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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How big should a 5 9 1/2 tall man's liver be in length? Mine is 16.7 cm on ultrasound, which states it is enlarged, but what is normal for my height?

How big should a 5 9 1/2 tall man's liver be in length? Mine is 16.7 cm on ultrasound, which states it is enlarged, but what is normal for my height?

That would be: a borderline length, but generally the length alone is not sufficient to determine whether the liver is abnormally enlarged, because there are normal anatomic variations in which the right lobe of the liver is elongated. ...Read more

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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