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Doctor insights on: Spleen Damage During Colonoscopy

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Can liver cancer be detected during gallbladder removal?

Can liver cancer be detected during gallbladder removal?

Frequently: If a well defined lesion primry to liver such as hepatoma or a unsuspected metastasis be present, in an open GB procedure where porta hepatis is examined and the surface of the liver palpated at the time of surgery a lesion that is present is frequently noted. Biopsy followed by resection along with the GB can help improve survival. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Can having gallbaldder removed cause elevated liver enzymes during pregnancy 7 years later?

Can having gallbaldder removed cause elevated liver enzymes during pregnancy 7 years later?

Unlikely: Elevated liver enzymes in pregnancy are very worrisome and unlikely to be due to surgery you had 7 years ago if there haven't been problems before. The is a form of severe preeclampsia (toxemia) that is called HELLP. This stands for hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets.This is very serious and your doctor will be evaluating you for it as well as other causes. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've read enlarged spleen from fatty liver only occurs after extensive liver damage.Can a "mildly fatty liver" cause a painful enlarged spleen?

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I've read enlarged spleen from fatty liver only occurs after extensive liver damage.Can a "mildly fatty liver" cause a painful enlarged spleen?

Shouldn't: Cirrhosis causes splenomegaly through portal hypertension and splenic congestion; a mildly fatty liver should be well before this stage, and should not be the cause of a painful enlarged spleen. You should see a doctor for further evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Can endoscopy affect the enlarged spleen?

Can endoscopy affect the enlarged spleen?

Not upper endoscopy : ... But colonoscopy can theoretically be a little riskier since the splenic flexure of the colon is very close to the spleen. ...Read more

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Can adult Hirschsprungs, redundancy of transverse colon, cause accessory spleen from spleen injury caused by colon adhesion at the splenic flexure?

Can adult Hirschsprungs, redundancy of transverse colon,  cause accessory spleen from spleen injury caused by colon adhesion at the splenic flexure?

Not quite, but....: An accessory spleen is something that one person in four is born with, or that can happen if the splenic capsule is torn and some of the pulp is released. If this happened at the time that an injury formed the colonic adjesion, this may be the explanation. Accessory spleens are little curiosities for the most part. Best wishes. ...Read more

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After gallbladder removal can elevate liver enzymes, can liver be congested cause stone to be performed in the liver, can affect pancreatic?

After gallbladder removal can elevate liver enzymes,  can liver be congested cause stone to be performed in the liver, can affect pancreatic?

Time and discussion: You had a cholecystectomy. The SGPT level may vary according to how recent the surgery was performed. Talk to your surgeon to see if an intrahepatic cholangiogram was performed and if stones were noted. Your surgeon will want to follow with you as she recovers. ...Read more

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Two years ago, underwent surgery perforated duodenal ulcer. After surgery yellowed eyes. Examined liver healthy. Elevated bilirubin in the blood. No k?

Two years ago, underwent surgery perforated duodenal ulcer. After surgery yellowed eyes. Examined liver healthy. Elevated bilirubin in the blood. No k?

What is your health?: If liver is healthy now, and you are in good health now then yellow eyes after emergency GI surgery was transient/normal. During recovery the liver processes hematoma left over from bleeding. Yellow eyes, high blood bilirubin occur commonly as the liver works. It often takes time before you are ready to review and learn what happened to you during an emergency. Ok to ask your doc. ...Read more

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Can the stomach & pancreas be seen during laparoscopic gallbladder removal?

Can the stomach & pancreas be seen during laparoscopic gallbladder removal?

Front only: Only the front surface of the stomach can be seen during a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. To see the pancreas would require more extensive dissection between the colon and the stomach. ...Read more

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Prominent Spleen was found during a Colonoscopy exam, CT scan (2 weeks later) showed the Spleen was normal - is any further investigation required?

Prominent Spleen was found during a Colonoscopy exam, CT scan (2 weeks later) showed the Spleen was normal - is any further investigation required?

Probably not : The spleen is not actually "seen" directly on colonoscopy. If the CT scan showed a normal size spleen and your doctor has no other reason to suspect an abnormal spleen, then no further tests should be necessary. ...Read more

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Can the spleen regenerate after partial splenectomy?

Heals: Not much regeneration occurs. The function of the remaining part is likely quite adequate. With full splenectomy, followup,is important. ...Read more

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How aggressive are hepatic flexure lesions? One found today during colonoscopy but clean 2 years ago during previous colonoscopy. Waiting for biopsy

How aggressive are hepatic flexure lesions?  One found today during colonoscopy but clean 2 years ago during previous colonoscopy. Waiting for biopsy

Wait for histology: It can be anything from a little harmless hyperplasttuc polyp to a deadly cancer that may or may not be curable on resection. Location means basically nothing. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy damage your gall bladder?

Can a colonoscopy damage your gall bladder?

No: On rare occasions a colonoscopy can possible cause some injury to the liver or spleen. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Difficult disease: Some blockages are due to scar tissue inside the abdomen (called adhesions), and other blockages are due to cancer growth. A CT scan may be able to tell the difference between the 2. If the blockage is cancer-related, then it may be time to think about a different chemotherapy regimen. But if it's just adhensions, then sometimes an operation helps. Talk to your doctor to investigate further ...Read more

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Big risk of bowel perforation during a routine colonoscopy?

Big risk of bowel perforation during a routine colonoscopy?

Very small: The literature quotes rates of 1 in 3000. I have done over 10, 000 with no perforations. The risk increases with age and previous abdominal surgeries as well as nutritional status. ...Read more

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Will an abdominal ultrasound reveal cancer in the liver, pancreas, kidneys, etc??? Or could it miss that?

Will an abdominal ultrasound reveal cancer in the liver, pancreas, kidneys, etc??? Or could it miss that?

Abdominal cancer. : An ultrasound may suggest that there is a solid lesion in one of these organs; however, there are better tests, such as CT or MRI scanning, that will give much more detailed anatomic pictures of these areas. ...Read more

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Can the gall bladder rupture during surgery?

Can the gall bladder rupture during surgery?

Yes: Sometimes the gallbladder can tear or break during surgery (not actually "explode" or "rupture"), especially if the gallbladder is badly diseased or inflamed. It is not that uncommon and not serious, as the surgeon would remove any spilled fluid or bile with no consequences to the patient. ...Read more

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Why does clotting and excessive bruising occur in hepatocytes (liver cells) during alcohol abuse?

Why does clotting and excessive bruising occur in hepatocytes (liver cells) during alcohol abuse?

Metabolic toxin: Alcohol produces a number of metabolic effects that damage liver cells, cause fat accummulation in liver, liver cell necrosis/death, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Clotting and bruising are not medical terms with reference to hepatocytes. ...Read more

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Can low functioning gallbladder cause mild diffuse fatty liver? Is it safe to have gallbladder removed having fatty liver or will liver be injured?

Can low functioning gallbladder cause mild diffuse fatty liver? Is it safe to have gallbladder removed having fatty liver or will liver be injured?

Not related: Fatty liver is not related to removal of gall bladder or its dysfunction. Most of the time fatty liver is due to nutritional , chemical ( drugs alcohol etc ) and viral diseases , if uncontrolled may lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more