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What Exactly Are Liver Cysts
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
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
Likely nothing: Most 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not usually: Simple liver cysts are the most common type of liver mass and is relatively common. In general, these cysts cause little or no symptoms and are usually left alone. If there are symptoms, or changes in their characteristic on imaging, then a specialist surgeon dealing with the liver, can often remove the cyst. If the cysts are part of a polycystic liver disease, you may need special consideration ...Read more
It depends...: It depends. There are several causes of liver cysts, but in general if they are found incidentally on an ultrasound or ct scan and are "simple" cysts then there is nothing to be worried about. If they are "complex" cysts or solid then further evaluation may be indicated. If you have infectious symptoms or have been in an area where parasites are prevalent then amebiasis can occur in liver cysts. ...Read more
It could: Referred pain means that one nerve doing a motor function (i.e., moving the diaphragm) can also carry sensation -- and give the false impression it is somewhere else. So, the phrenic nerve could be stimulated by a liver mass and result in referred pain -- to the shoulder, back or chest wall. ...Read more
The Cysts should not: Liver cysts are very common benign lesions. They are nearly always silent and asymptomatic anc cause no probelms except that they can be confused with other diagnoses. So an ultrasound examination is typically done to make an accurate dignosis if there is any concern about their nature or their significance under certain circumstances. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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