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Doctor insights on: What Are Anechoic Cysts On Liver

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What could a cyst on my liver be?

What could a cyst on my liver be?

Likely nothing: Liver cysts are harmless and do not need to be treated. Liver cysts can be present at birth or can develop at a later time. They usually grow slowly and are not detected until adulthood.

Some cysts are caused by a parasite, echinococcus that is found in sheep in different parts of the world.

Source: http://www.Liverfoundation. Org/abouttheliver/info/livercysts/. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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 simple kidney or liver cysts go away on their own?

Can simple kidney or liver cysts go away on their own?

Not usually: Cysts in either of these organs tend to persist,
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Any correlation between high hemoglobin and liver cysts?

Any correlation between high hemoglobin and liver cysts?

Yes: Elevated hemoglobin is not always reflective of bone marrow disorders. Secondary causes of erythrocytosis can include: Poly cystic liver/kidney disease, EPO secreting tumors, obstructive sleep apnea, heart and lung diseases. In order to determine the cause of elevated hemoglobin a serum EPO level should be performed. ...Read more

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What does a gallbladder sludge and cyst in the liver mean?

What does a gallbladder sludge and cyst in the liver mean?

Benign findings : Gallbladder sludge can be seen with rapid weight loss, prolonged fasting, really sick patients with low/absent oral intake or use of tpn. Certain drugs (i.e. Ceftriaxone) can also cause it. The clinical course of sludge varies — often going away if the causative agent is eliminated. Asymptomatic patients require no therapy. If symptomatic or complications arise cholecystectomy may be indicated. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a cyst and abcess on the Liver?

What's the difference between a cyst and abcess on the Liver?

Differences: A cyst is an abnormal sac of fluid. Most of the time we don't know what causes them(some are genetic), rarely some are parasite related. An abscess is collection of white blood cells(pus) that is infectious in nature. Liver cysts can be left alone and never require drainage or surgical removal. Abscesses always require treatment which usually entails antibiotics and drainage. ...Read more

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I have 13mm cyst on left lobe in my liver. Do I have to worry?

I have 13mm cyst on left lobe in my liver. Do I have to worry?

No: Not to worry
Called an "incidental" finding.....something which is NOTED but for which no further diagnostic testing or treatment is necessary!

Hope this is helpful!

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I have an anechoic cyst on my left kidney.5*7 mm.it is harmful in my future?

I have an anechoic cyst on my left kidney.5*7 mm.it is harmful in my future?

Cyst: You have a cyst that is small and has no internal echoes, suggesting a simple cyst. If worried the best option is a repeat Ultrasound in 8-12 moths, most of these tiny cyst are not a cause of concern. The US machine are very sensitive and they can pick up these tiny cyst. ...Read more

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How can I have a couple of small liver cysts and kidney cysts at only age 35?

How can I have a couple of small liver cysts and kidney cysts at only age 35?

Okay for most...: Liver cyst occurs in some 5% of general population and usually is inborn benign cyst less than 3 cm, which requires no active care, but a certain degree of clinical assessment with history and follow-up imaging studies like US or CT or MRI as clinically deemed necessary. The information on How to Handle Sickness in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html would help understand what to do now & on ...Read more

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What should I do about a fatty infiltrated liver w/ hypoechoic or complex cyst?

What should I do about a fatty infiltrated liver w/ hypoechoic or complex cyst?

Two things: For the fatty liver, improve diet, avoid alcohol, lose weight and exercise. A complex liver cyst can be of biliary origin and thus precancerous. It should be excised whenever possible. ...Read more

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I am tired all the time. Could the cysts on my liver be the cause of my fatique?

I am tired all the time.  Could the cysts on my liver be the cause of my fatique?

Not likely: Liver cysts are very common (up to 7% of population have them). Usually these are discovered "incidentally" while looking for other problems. Simple liver cysts are almost always asymptomatic and would be very unlikely to cause fatigue. Continue to work with your doctor to find an explanation and possible solution to your fatigue. ...Read more

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Since liver itself does not produce pain sensation. Then how some small liver cysts cause pain?

Since liver itself does not produce pain sensation. Then how some small liver cysts cause pain?

They don't: Small liver cysts that do not stretch the capsule of the liver should not cause pain. Large or multiple cysts can stretch the capsule, which can lead to pain. ...Read more

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What's a gallbladder sludge and how is it treated? I've been diagnosed with a large sludge, and cyst in my liver.

Sand: I think of sludge at sand in the gallbladder. Not stones but a precursor to stones in the form of a sandy substance. If you have symptoms that could be related to the gallbladder, the gallbladder should be removed. Depending on the size, location, and symptoms, the cyst could also be treated surgically at the same time. ...Read more

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In the last 6 mths I've been told that I've got another cysts on liver. Do they & angiomyolipomas make u put weight on? Thanks

In the last 6 mths I've been told that I've got another cysts on liver. Do they & angiomyolipomas make u put weight on? Thanks

Here are some...: Weight gain is very unlikely related with cysts in the liver, but more related with lifestyle and inherent general health. Noticing cysts in liver is usually an incidental finding while doing imaging studies for other reasons. To lose weight can be accomplished by following instructions in http://formefirst.com/Weightloss.html. ...Read more

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2 reports 1 says 1.2 CM cyst right inferior liver other report says 12 mm in anterior segment of right lobe are these the same cyst/area?

2 reports 1 says 1.2 CM cyst right inferior liver other report says 12 mm in anterior segment of right lobe are these the same cyst/area?

Yes more than likely: 1.2 cm is 12 mm. The right lobe can be broken down into posterior (segments 6 and 7) and anterior (segments 5 and 8) sectors and inferior (segments 5 and 6) and superior (segments 7 and 8) sectors. So by the description of your scans, you have a liver cyst measuring 1.2 cm (about half an inch) in segment 6. Very common finding, usually without symptoms. Get ultrasound once a year. ...Read more

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Multiple minute anechoic cysts in the right ovary the largest measure 5.9mm and anechoic cyst on left measures 22.3mmx13.1mmx15mm, shud I worry?

Multiple minute anechoic cysts in the right ovary the largest measure 5.9mm and anechoic cyst on left measures 22.3mmx13.1mmx15mm, shud I worry?

No: Do not worry about anechoic cysts in the ovary that are less than 3 cms. They can be follicular cysts that will resolve on their own. Anechoic cysts between 3 to 5 cmd are also most likely normal. They should be followed with another ultrasound in 3 to 6 months. ...Read more

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Had TVUS to recheck 4.4 cm simple cyst. Cyst is same size now has multiple thin septations. Anechoic, no solid areas, no vascularization. Serious?

Probably not: But obviously, you should ask the doctor who ordered the study. Such things should be followed over time and often nothing is done unless there are changes. ...Read more

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When simple liver cysts are congenital, does that mean you are born with an actual cyst, or cells that have the propensity to form a cyst over time?

When simple liver cysts are congenital, does that mean you are born with an actual cyst, or cells that have the propensity to form a cyst over time?

Liver cysts: Congenital cysts of the liver means that you have a genetic mutation that predisposes you to the development of liver cysts. ...Read more

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I ve few liver cysts, largest 7 to8mm, is there any minor possibility of one or all of them being malignant?and if so, when should I repeat the scan?

I ve few liver cysts, largest 7 to8mm, is there any minor possibility of one or all of them being malignant?and if so, when should I repeat the scan?

If the cysts: Have been thoroughly worked up on imaging and they are definitively simple cysts, there is no malignant potential and follow up is not needed. ...Read more

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Cyst on liver common?

Cyst on liver common?

Liver Cyst: Most of these are not to worry about. Ask you doctor if he agrees and then relax! ...Read more

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What are cysts on the liver?

What are cysts on the liver?

Liver cysts: Liver cysts are usually benign and about 15% of the population will be found to have a cyst on exam. A cystic structure on exam can be a hematoma, abscess or parasite, ovwever these are usually asociated with other symptoms. If you have a cyst with no symptoms probably a reasonable thing to do is get an ultrasound and see if its size changes or time. ...Read more

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What exactly are liver cysts?

Benign findings: Liver cysts are just small empty pockets in the liver. They are common and not usually indicative of any disease or problem. ...Read more

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What is anechoic avascular cyst?

What is anechoic avascular cyst?

Cyst: These are generally benign and of no particular consequence. They should be followed every 6-12 months for a year or so and if they do not show change (enlargement) don't worry about it. ...Read more

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What causes cysts on the liver?

What causes cysts on the liver?

Usually unknown: The cause of liver cysts is unknown. Liver cysts can be start at birth (such as in the rare disorder Polycystic Liver Disease) or can develop at a later time. They usually grow slowly and are not detected until adulthood. In some foreign countries, there is a parasite called echinococcus that can cause liver cysts. ...Read more

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Cyst on liver should I be worried?

Cyst on liver should I be worried?

Liver Cyst: Most of these are not to worry about. Ask you doctor if he agrees and then relax! ...Read more

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What is an unilocular anechoic cyst?

What is an unilocular anechoic cyst?

Cyst: Anechoic means that the fluid is homogenous...there is no internal debris, air bubbles, solid portons, etc... that would reflect the ultrasound beam(therefore no echoes or 'anechoic'). Unilocular means that the cyst does not have any compartments or internal divisions. Both of these findings are benign features. ...Read more

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What does a "cyst on the liver" mean?

What does a "cyst on the liver" mean?

Fluid filled sac.: Cysts are fluid filled sacs that can be seen in many organs, such as the liver, kidney and even in bones. True cysts are always benign and should be left alone if they are not causing symptoms. ...Read more

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What does unilocular anechoic cyst mean?

What does unilocular anechoic cyst mean?

Cyst: Anechoic means that the fluid is homogenous...there is no internal debris, air bubbles, solid portons, etc... that would reflect the ultrasound beam(therefore no echoes or 'anechoic'). Unilocular means that the cyst does not have any compartments or internal divisions. Both of these findings are benign features. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more