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Is it common to biopsy hypoechoic liver lesions?

Is it common to biopsy hypoechoic liver lesions?

Yes: From the way it looks on ct scan it can be concerning for cancer therefore a biopy is need to determine if cancer is present. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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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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In a new state. Liver adenoma was biopsied in 2010. New lesions . Should i ask for a new biopsy?

Really depends on : Size, number, location. Even if these are benign, if they get large enough, they can cause mechanical problems or turn into cancer. Ask your liver specialist for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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Had a liver biopsy about 10 hrs ago. I have terrible pain. Can't lay down and hurts to breath. Is this common?

Had a liver biopsy about 10 hrs ago. I have terrible pain. Can't lay  down and hurts to breath. Is this common?

Best to call doctor: "terrible pain" sounds rather worrisome. It's best to call the doctor back now, since the biopsy was just done today. One should not wait around to see if it gets even worse, if it is "terrible pain". ...Read more

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I have HHT & diffuse AVM liver involvement & FNH, now unknown lesions.How do they determine if its cancer? HHT Liver shouldn't be biopsied. Help?

I have HHT & diffuse AVM liver involvement & FNH, now unknown lesions.How do they determine if its cancer? HHT Liver shouldn't be biopsied. Help?

Blood tests/US: The doctors can do liver ultrasounds to look for liver cancer. Also there is a blood test called alpha feto protein that increases with liver cancer and your doctors may want to follow that as well as ultrasounds to make sure you do not develop liver cancer. ...Read more

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I had us that showed multiple hyperechoic liver lesions. Consider hemangias. Mri was inconclusive did not look like hemangioma but too risky to biopsy?

I had us that showed multiple hyperechoic liver lesions. Consider hemangias. Mri was inconclusive did not look like hemangioma but too risky to biopsy?

Not really: enough information to venture a guess. Why is biopsy too risky? What are the specific MRI characteristics of the lesions? If MRI was truly inconclusive, CT scan might be helpful for additional evaluation. ...Read more

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2cm liver mass, tiny lung nodules, tiny brain lesions. Found 2 1/2 yrs ago and still stable. Dr's say unrelated, but No biopsies.Please help. cancer?

2cm liver mass, tiny lung nodules, tiny brain lesions. Found 2 1/2 yrs ago and still stable. Dr's say unrelated, but No biopsies.Please help. 
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Focal nodular: hyperplasia is a benign liver lesion, and unrelated to lung nodules or brain lesions. Tiny lung nodules in an average risk patient that are stable for 2 1/2 years can be considered benign. No way to opine about the brain lesions without more info, but stability over 2 1/2 years likely also indicates benignity. ...Read more

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Please expalin the difference betweeen hyperechoic & hypoechoic lesions on the liver?

Please expalin the difference betweeen hyperechoic & hypoechoic lesions on the liver?

Hyperechoic: Lesions are "bright" or whiter than surrounding liver. Hypoechoic lesions are darker than surrounding liver. There are long lists of what causes these and ct scans or MRI are often used to sort out questions. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of hypoechoic masses in the liver? Liver enzymes have been slightly elevated for 2 months. I'm 28 years old. Relatively healthy. India ethnicity.

What are the most common causes of hypoechoic masses in the liver? Liver enzymes have been slightly elevated for 2 months. I'm 28 years old. Relatively healthy. India ethnicity.

Hepatologist: Of concern is the question of liver metastases. Your question is best answered by a hepatologist or gastroenterologist who will review the ultrasound with the radiologist who interpreted the study. After conferring, they will determine a differential diagnosis and decide if further studies such as a liver biopsy are indicated. ...Read more

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Is a subcapsular hematoma common after liver biospy? What would cause it to occur and how serious is it if it does occur?

Not common: Hemorrhage from the needle biopsy can cause a clot to form under the surface capsule of the liver, it usually responds to expectant treatment without surgery. patients are advised to stay away of contact sports and stay close to an acute care hospital and follow up with their physician if not observed in a hospital setting ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more