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Is it an emergency thing when the doctor finds a mass in your liver?

Is it an emergency thing when the doctor finds a mass in your liver?

No, but serious: A mass in the liver is not an emergency but is a serious finding that needs to be investigated to determine the cause of the mass and devise appropriate treatment. A mass in the liver has an appreciable risk of being cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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Can any doc tell me what's considered a big tumor/mass on a liver?

Can any doc tell me what's considered a big tumor/mass on a liver?

Larger than 10 cm: Large growing tumors of the liver are usually metastat ic and in particular, derived from colon cancer. Tumors in the liver only grow in liver and can reach enormous size replacing a large part of that organ. If solitary, resection is possible even at 10-cm in size. To use radiofrequency ablation because there are several lesions in both lobes the lesion should not be more than 5 cm. ...Read more

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I have sharp stabbing pain in my liver. Doctors just found a mass in my liver that's a benign tumor. Should a benign tumor be causing so much pain?

I have sharp stabbing pain in my liver. Doctors just found a mass in my liver that's a benign tumor. Should a benign tumor be causing so much pain?

It depends: It depends on the size &of the tumor and location. If the tumor is located near the edge of the liver, it can irratate the liver capsule (i.e. Liver lining that has pain sensors). It can also cause pain if the tumor bleeds or ruptures. A smaller benign tumor would be less likely to cause symptoms than a larger tumor. You need more information fromon the type and size of liver tumor you have. ...Read more

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My doctor said they found an echogenic mass in my fetus' liver during my 20 week ultrasound. What could this mean?

My doctor said they found an echogenic mass in my fetus' liver during my 20 week ultrasound. What could this mean?

The ultrasound: Report should have provided potential causes for this finding and recommendations (if any needed) for further evaluation. If it didn't then consider a more detailed fetal ultrasound at a center offering level 2 or level 3 studies. These centers have greater expertise in fetal ultrasound and can often answer questions which arise on a screening study. ...Read more

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Hi, i got AST 36, ALT 44 alp121 slightly every thing over than previous result. Doctor wants to do u/s for liver.Something serious, don't drink alcohol?

Hi, i got AST 36, ALT 44 alp121 slightly every thing over than previous result. Doctor wants to do u/s for liver.Something serious, don't drink alcohol?

Need to find cause: I'm trusting this is not a medication allergy. You'll probably get labs for hepatitis b, c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, and maybe autoimmune hepatitis. If none is present, this may simply be "non-alcoholic fatty liver", which may be your body's telling you that it wants a lot more exercise. Regadless, think about going back to the lifestyle of a teenaged fitness buff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is a hypervascular mass in the liver?

What is a hypervascular mass in the liver?

Blood vessels?: "hypervascular" means "many blood vessels." you must be referring to a ct or MRI scan with contrast, where the radiologist is referring to a high amount of contrast localizing to the spot in the liver. The question people want to know is "what is it?" and sometimes that's not possible to know on a simple scan alone, further tests may be needed. ...Read more

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What is a hypervascular mass in the liver made of?

What is a hypervascular mass in the liver made of?

Cells and vessels: A hypervascular mass in the liver is a tumor, which is made up of cells (benign or malignant) and their support structure (fibrous stroma and blood vessels). The term "hypervascular" is a radiologic term that refers to the way the tumor fills up with contrast agent on contrast enhanced imagining studies (ct or mri). All "hypervascular" masses need to be rigorously investigated to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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I have a 2.7 X1,8X2.3 cm hypoechoic mass in my liver?

I have a 2.7 X1,8X2.3 cm hypoechoic mass in my liver?

What's your question: I see that you reported a finding from an abdominal sonogram. In general, a hypoechoic mass should have additional evaluation. Do you have a more specific question? ...Read more

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What will liver doctors do if your liver enzymes are high?

Find cause/Treat the: Doctor will find out the cause which is usually some form of hepatitis either due to virus infection of the liver or due to excessive alcohol drinking. ...Read more