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Hyperenhancing Foci On Liver
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
I am a trainee of radiology & have a query. "what can be the reasons of multiple tiny echogenic foci throughout the liver both central & peripheral.
Tiny echogenic foci: The most common cause of "tiny echogenic foci throughout the liver" is punctate calcification secondary to prior granulomatous infection. Certain organisms are more common depending on what part of the world the patient has lived. Alternative considerations include gas bubbles within the biliary tree (pneumobilia) or the portal veins. There are differentiating imaging features. ...Read more
Is liver showing diffuse increased parenchymal echogenicity with 2 small calcific foci in right lobe measuring about 2.5mm each is something to worry?
Concern: This question is best answered by a gastroenterologist or hepatologist (liver specialist). I would be concerned about chronic liver inflammation or fatty infiltration. I assume that you have been instructed to abstain from alcohol. A liver biopsy may be indicated for diagnosis. ...Read more
Interpret the result hyperechoic foci right 0.36cm left 0.42cm diffused fatty liver change, mild nephrolithiasis, bilateral female 49?
Had an ultrasound done last week and the results showed multiple echogenic foci identified in the liver and spleen. Major concern or not?
Code on record was 574.20, K80.20. gall stones foci 6mm? Liver/ gall bladder normal. No pain. Does this mean cholestasis too? Why code it this way?
I believe you've. ..: ...asked this almost exact question a few hours ago, and received a directed answer. Was there something else we can do for you regarding this matter? ...Read more
Ultrasound said gall bladder, liver, spleen normal. Few tiny foci 6mm in gall bladder. Should I be concerned about cholestasis? Will stones get bigger?
Cholestasis: Is the slowing down or blockage of bile flow from the liver to the small intestine via the bile ducts, and can have various etiologies. A gallstone can result in obstructive cholestasis by exiting the gallbladder and getting stuck in the common bile duct, thereby causing an obstruction. Gallstones can get bigger with time. ...Read more
Liver cirrhosis- demostrates heterogenous coarse echotexture with nodular outline, echogenic foci are seen, what does it means and need advise.
Cirrhosis: It means that the liver is not functioning well. You need to be evaluated soon by a liver specialist and will need further testing to find out reason why you developed this condition. Also you need to get evaluated to find if there are any complications has developed due to cirrhosis. ...Read more
I was found on recent CT of the abdomen with IV contrast to have hypoattenuating foci of my liver with thickening of my adrenal glands. What is it?
Consultation: It sounds like your medical issues have already had some evaluation. Start with the doctor who ordered the test. For a second opinion from a doctor on HealthTap the "inbox consult" allows you to message back and forth like email, and is good when a lot of information needs to be exchanged (like prior test reports, etc.) ...Read more
Had ultrasound that indicated gall stone foci (6mm). Liver and gall bladder normal. No pain. Coded as cholestasis. Why not say minor gall stones?
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
Avoid meds/booze!: To improve liver functioning, stop alcohol and any recreational drug abuse. Avoid a lot of supplements and over the counter meds. Take meds only as prescribed. There is no way to detoxify using any supplement that promises to "clean your liver." Ads that say their diet or supplement will do so are all a bunch of malarkey. ...Read more
Body respect: The liver is a cleaner for toxins, creates essential proteins, has a large part in digestion, and stores glycogen for energy. These are just a few of its vital functions. It is important to avoid fatty foods, excessive alcohol, street drugs, infections such as hepatitis A/B/C/D/E, and unhealthy diets. Drinking water and even coffee in moderation can help. Proper nutrition is essential. ...Read more
Nicely if you let it: The liver's ability to self-heal is amazing. If a person who's been poisoned and lost 99% of the liver cells can be brought through the acute episode, the liver cells will have replaced themselves and the organ returned to near-normal in a few weeks. Don't get over-confident -- if the architecture is damaged (cirrhosis), the regeneration is useless. ...Read more
Absolutely: Once the liver starts to fail there are several consequences that can and will contribute to other organs starting to fail. Unlike the kidney, we don't have broad applications for liver replacement therapies like dialysis, so once a liver starts to fail, transplant becomes the only option. If alcohol is the main contributing factor to the liver damage, abstaining from alcohol can improve function. ...Read more
Liver function tests: You would need to get liver function tests (blood test), which include ast, alt, alkaline phosphatase, bilirrubin, albumin. Also other proteins such as coagulation factors reflect how the liver is working. An ultrasound of the liver is a good starting imaging study to assess the liver. ...Read more
Liver: There are no foods or supplements which are specifically good for your liver or which "detox" the liver. Having said that, if you have liver disease, you should avoid alcohol, certain medications, and raw seafood and shellfish. Otherwise, a diet high in vegetables and fruits and low in fatty fried food is probably your best bet. Good luck. ...Read more
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