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Ultrasound Pictures Of Liver Cancer
Increased densities: Liver cancer can look like single or multiple nodules of increased density on the ultrasound. However, ultrasound is not the best, nor is it the final test in the diagnosis of liver cancer. A ct scan with and without contrast or an MRI scan give better visualization. By ultrasound, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate a hemangioma (a benign lesion) from a liver cancer.
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
What are the chances an ultrasound, Mri/mrcp, ercp, and ct scans or imaging miss advanced liver cancer?
If it is tailored: For liver mass, and technically adequate (i.e. no artifacts that might obscure anatomy), it would be nearly impossible to miss a large liver tumor.
The sonogram report which reveals that their is small hyperechoic S.O.L. noted in the right lobe of the liver is the symptoms of liver cancer or not?
A hyperechoic: Space-occupying lesion in the liver can arise from a number of entities, both benign and malignant. The most common cause is a benign hepatic hemangioma (collection of blood vessels). Other benign causes are focal nodular hyperplasia and liver adenomas. The most common malignant cause is a metastasis from a cancer elsewhere: colon, pancreas, kidney, breast, etc. Primary liver cancer can occur.
Sir in the sonogram report of upper abdomen concludes the small hypoechoic S.O.L. in the right lobe of the liver. Is this ths sign of liver cancer?
Not necessarily: A hypoechoic lesion is a very nonspecific term and it could indicate from simple cyst to a malignant lesion. The key is to correlate with patient perspective and analyze what further investigation to be done or not to be done. A competent physician will take all of these things into consideration in determining what should be the next step. If you have not sought any help, you should.
What could be a reason for gall bladder swelling seen via ultra sound in an advanced liver cancer patient?
Liver Cancer patient SGPT (ALT)=84 U/L, SGOT (AST)=121 U/L, BILIRUBIN=10.91 with no bile duct obstrcton in Ultra Sound. Does this mean liver is failing?
Can't tell w/ these.: The bilirubin level is high (whether direct or indirect bilirubin) & this can lead to jaundice. However, the TREND is more important than 1 lab value - without knowing your history & past lab results better, it is hard to determine. Also, liver "function" is also measured by cholesterol, complement, & coagulation tests (INR, PTT). Even with these blood tests, sometimes a biopsy is needed. TTYD. GL
Not usually: Liver cancer is usually not painful. The condition that leads to liver cancer (chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis) can cause vague pain in the right upper quadrant of the belly. Most liver cancer is picked up in asymptomatic patients by lab tests or by scans. Occasionally a patient will have painless yellowing of the skin due to liver cancer.See 1 more doctor answer
None: Primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc), has no symptoms early on. But most cases of hcc are associated with cirrhosis, the symptoms and signs of which include jaundice, muscle wasting, hepatosplenomegaly, variceal gasteointestinal bleeding, encephalopathy and the development of ascites. Pts with cirrhosis should be screened every 6 mo for hcc with a liver us and an AFP check.See 1 more doctor answer
It can be: Many factors can increase one's risk for primary liver cancer including: chronic infection with hepatitis b or c virus, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, heavy alcohol use, obesity, exposure to certain toxins, and inherited liver diseases that can lead to cirrhosis such as hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, tyrosinemia, Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen, and porphyria.
There are only 4: Cancer is generally divided into five stages, from stage 0, in which the presence of irregular or cancer cells are known, to stage iv, in which the cancer has spread to one or several other parts of the body. The higher the number of cancer staging, the more difficult the cancer is to treat due to the progression and spread of cancer cells. According to the national comprehensive cancer network, .
Depends: Hepatocellular cancer can be cured in some patients who have limited resectable disease or who qualify for transplantation. Transplant is typically only offered to patients who have single tumors less than 5cm in size or up to 3 less than 3cm. Other techniques like ablation and chemoembolization sometimes work, but have less chance at achieving a cure. Multidisciplinary review is recommended.
Silent cancer: Unfortunately, liver cancer does not produce symptoms until very advanced stages. In order to catch liver cancer in its early and curable stages, it is very important for patients at high-risk to undergo screening imaging. Just like how women need mammograms, patients with hepb or cirrhosis need routine imaging to check for liver cancer. This usually involves an MRI or a ct scan every 6 months.See 1 more doctor answer
Late detection and: Related pathology. Primary liver cancer often arises in patients with cirrhosis and is not detected early enough for a curative resection. There are no effective chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Most liver cancers are metastatic lesions from other cancers which by definition are incurable.
Multiple: The symptoms of liver cancer really depend on what the cancer is from and where in the liver it is. Some have no symptoms at all. Sometimes they can cause abdominal pain. Others could be jaundice, swollen abdomen, easy bleeding or bruising, swollen legs, fatigue, weight loss. Some are because of the tumor and some are because of the loss of function of the liver from whatever caused the tumor.See 1 more doctor answer
Various: Hepatocellular carcinoma is famously caused by chronic hepatitis b, c and iron overload; if alcohol is a risk it's less. Angiosarcomas from vinyl chloride. The thorotrast nightmare is mostly over. Cholangiocarcinomas flourish where there are liver flukes, and in autoimmune bile duct disease.
Ask why: There are rogue doctors but generally it's reliable. A radiologist can make the call, sometimes with confidence. Your physician may or may not have to get tissue to confirm that it's cancer and if so, what kind. Ask to know how the call was made & see the documentation.
Excellent: There are a variety of types of liver cancer, including many for which we are now commonly getting cures or long-term remissions. I'm not your doctor, but like you, I cherish life -- and intend to enjoy it and be fulfilled. I've known people with livers studded with incurable cancer who've still enjoyed themselves physically and been able to do sports. I admire you. Good luck.
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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