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White Spots On Liver Ct Scan
I recently had a CT scan and they found spots on my liver, what could this be. Having another CT scan w/contrast next week?
It depends: It depends on several things. The most important considerations are age, sex, and other medical problems. In broad terms, these spots could be anything from cysts to hemangiomas (abnormal, non-cancerous blood vessel accumulations) to cancerous tumors. The ct scan should help clarify. Sometimes a biopsy is necessary to confirm the diagnosis if the ct is unclear. ...Read more
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
I have white spots on my lungs. My doctor does not know what they are. I went and had a ct-scan today. Hoping to know the results friday.?
Wait for CT.: Your doctor probably has a pretty good idea what they are and what they are not likely to be. Ct will be very informative and perhaps definitive. ...Read more
I have FAP and 2 intra abdominal wall Desmoid tumours, I had a ct scan which shows some white spots, what could they be?
Possible mets.: Patients with familial adenomatous polyps due to APC mutation gradually develop hundreds colorectal polyps. These may bleed, leading to blood in the stool. Should malignancy develops, this may present with altered bowel habit, or even metastasis to the liver or elsewhere. When the polyposis is associated with osteomas, fibromas, desmoids the condition is termed Gardner's syndrome. ...Read more
Female 55 years old, many lymph node in abdomal cavity, hypodensity spots in liver (ct scan suspect peritoneal cancer), ca 19-9: 190. What's disease?
Not good: The ct sounds ominus. Ca-19-9 is usually a marker for pancreatic cancser. Its very elevated in this patient. ...Read more
Please consult this site for an explanation of the term, "Benign".
Opposite of benign is malignant. ...Read more
I have no gb problems CT scan found spot on liver I get pain and stinging on right under rib just had baby in aug 2012 only 26 what can it be?
Clear ab CT scan w/ IV & oral contrast, clear colonoscopy then u/s diagnosis liver hemangioma. Urq pain & tender spot n lower right rear rib. Ideas & nxt step?
See HPB surgeon: The symptoms you describe could well be related to the hepatic hemangioma. The decision to remove will depend on: 1) size (usually remove when > 10 cm); 2) symptomatic (pain, ache, fullness); 3) causing blood problems (when the hemangioma destroys blood cells); 4) causes congestive heart failure. See a surgeon who specializes in liver surgery, a hepatobiliary surgeon. ...Read more
Ct scan showed spot on liver, have colon cancer but ultrasound came back negative does it mean it was wrong?
Pet or MRI may help: Other imaging modalities may help further clarify if this finding in ct is suspicious for malignancy or more likely benign if the ct and ultrasound have not been more specific. If u have older ct scans to compare and this is indeed new, then further clarification is needed. This all has to be taken into context of the bigger clinical picture including CEA as well as the rest of your body. ...Read more
I had stage 3 colon cancer, treated and cancer free for 2 years. Today CT scan showed spot on outside of my liver...what are the chances it is back?
Depends: It all depends on some of the characteristics of the tumor and what the new lesion looks like.. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 7/22/12, removed 7/25/12. Blood work good, CT scan shows 4mm, 6mm, 12mm spot on liver, your thoughts, MRI 10/9?
Enlarged spleen and spot on my liver found on CT scan. Blood work normal. Still in moderate/severe pain 1 week later. Should I go back to the ER?
Primary care doc: You may go to the ER, but ER is not for longitudinal care, just to address the acute issue. It would be prudent to see a primary care doctor who may coordinate your care. ...Read more
Tissue density: Basically speaking, the darker the area the lower the density. Air would be the darkest, water less and bone the lightest. In a non contrast CT, bile filled areas such as the ducts gall bladder or cysts may be the darkest. This will change if an IV contrast is added during the examination. There are always variations to this based on different pathologies ...Read more
Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why?
To see the rest of: ...Your lungs. The abdominal study only shows about a third of your lungs. Your doc will need to see the rest to know what to do. Lung nodules are very common and the vast majority are benign scar (s). Most of the time we just use the ct to follow and make sure there is no growth. There are other tests (pet scan for example) that can be useful when there is concern for cancer. ...Read more
Recent (2 days ago) hard hit to the head. Ct scan clear. Getting sharpish pain in a few isolated spots in my head that comes and goes. Major issue?
Monitor closely: The sharp pains at the site of head trauma may be due to mechanical injury to the skull and scalp tissue damage. If your symptoms don't resolve, get worse, or if you have any new neurological deficits, then see your physician immediately. Http://www. Brainline. Org/content/2008/12/headaches-after-head-injuries-8212-post-traumatic-headaches. Html ...Read more
I have had spots on my lung since 2004, 2007, 2010 x-rays and 2012 CT scan showed they are slightly larger now. What are the possible diagnoses?
Many: First thing is histoplasmsis. This causes multiple small nodules. It sounds like your doctor is following this: http://www. Med. Umich. Edu/rad/res/fleischner-nodule. Htm which is the best way to follow these nodules. Hopefull, you've quit (or never were) smoking, and you're keeping a very good eye on them. ...Read more
What are neurologists looking for in a 72 hour eeg. He saw three white places in a CT scan. To me these spots looked like the skull. White.
Short lived events: An eeg is only able to capture events that occur while the leads are attached. Ambulatory eegs allow longer-term monitoring to capture these infrequent events more reliably. One typical application is spells that might be seizures- if the eeg during a typical spell does not show seizure activity, that argues strongly for another cause. ...Read more
Getting numb, tingling, crawling feeling in my whole face in different spots CT scan was good doctor was no help what causes this should I worry?
Many possibilities: Numb, tingling sensations are called "paresthesias" and should be evaluated with a complete neurological exam and history in-person. If the rest of the neurological exam were normal and healthy, the most likely explanations are anxiety, medication side effects, or migraines. Sometimes people can have the sensory auras associated with migraines without having a headache ("acephalgic"). ...Read more
Stomach pain in diff areas over a yr. Mainly uper left but occ in different spots. Ct scan was normal on everything. What cud it be?
I have 2 intra abdominal Desmoid tumours, gardeners syndrome. My colon removed. A recent ct scan should white spots on my liver. What could this be?
Possibilities: Actually this isn't so rare. Gardner's isn't so uncommon, it just gets missed or called common familial polyposis. Desmoids are very common in Gardner's. And Desmoids don't spread to the liver like this. I am hoping these are von Meyerburg complexes or hemangiomas or something, but my concern is a tiny colon cancer did metastasize. Your physician will follow up with radiologist input. ...Read more
Mild sore throat, with red spots. Sinus CT scan clear, have been on allergy medications from 7 months. Throat pains when I speak more. Please help?
See ENT: If you have throat pain for months and have not responded to allergy medications, you need to see an ENT to check out your throat. ...Read more
Had clear ab CT scan. 6 weeks later had ab u/s w/ probable liver hemangioma dx. Why wld it not have been seen on CT scan?
Diffuse urq pain at times lower & n back. U/s diagnosis "probable liver hemangioma". How confident can I be in that w/ "probable" & why wasn't it on CT scan?
Confident: Hemangiomas have a typical ultrasound appearance including round shape, bright (hyperechoic), and increased transmission of signal deep to the lesion; a confident diagnosis can be made in most cases. However, if you have any underlying liver disease such as cirrhosis then a ct would be needed for more specific evaluation. ...Read more
Could be a tumor: Could be a tumor, but may simply be a cyst, or a stone, or retained fat material. ...Read more
CT of the liver: Can show tumors, cirrhosis, bile duct problems, and overall size. Hepatitis (liver inflammation) can sometimes be suggested by the presence of fluid (edema) around the portal vessels but blood liver function tests are the standard by which liver inflammation is diagnosed. ...Read more
Check the films first to make sure they are reading the same study!
two reporters never give exactly the same story, but the facts are often the same. You might be surprised at how similar two "different" reports actually are.
A good radiologist knows what to say and a good clinician knows what to look for. ...Read more
Could be many things: Hepatomegaly is the medical term for an enlarged liver. The ct scan can rule out the presence of liver tumors or really severe liver disease like cirrhosis, but many other types of disease that cause hepatomegaly won't be visible on the ct scan. Additional blood tests might help narrow down the list of possible causes. ...Read more
Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more