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Will having a splenectomy leave a big scar?

Will having a splenectomy leave a big scar?

It depends.: Splenectomy can now be performed safely via minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, leaving a scar only 1-2 inches long. When done via the traditional "open" approach, the scar may be 6-8 inches long on average. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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How can I know if my splenectomy scar is getting infected?

How can I know if my splenectomy scar is getting infected?

Signs of infection: Usually an infection in an incision occurs within a week or two of surgery. Most people have signs like increasing pain and swelling, redness, fever or pus. If you are worried, you should call your doctor. He/she is the best one to determine if you are developing an infection. ...Read more

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What could cause scar tissue in the liver?

What could cause scar tissue in the liver?

Cirrhosis: Scar tissue in the liver is also referred to as cirrhosis. It can be caused by excessive long term alcohol use, chronic hepatitis, bad fatty liver and some other more rare causes. ...Read more

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I have 2 tumors in my liver I have just found out the my MRI has shown a scar on one what could this be?

I have 2 tumors in my liver I have just found out the my MRI has shown a scar on one what could this be?

Tumor: The scarring is probably associated with inflammatory change in the tumor. Please ask the physician that ordered the scan to explain it to you. ...Read more

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Very high liver enz, not a drinker, biopsy shows scars, hepatologist don't know reason, enz won't go down. Where to go?

Very high liver enz, not a drinker, biopsy shows scars, hepatologist don't know reason, enz won't go down. Where to go?

Ask Liver Doc: The hepatologist is the expert in this case. Discuss with them and decide why the enzymes are up. If you are overweight, then heaptic steatosis is common and slowly losing weight may start to show your liver function tests going down over time. Either way, the liver specialist you have seen and who knows your case best, will be able to tell you what to do next. Write down questions and ask dr. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have scar tissue on my liver from a c section?

Is it normal to have scar tissue on my liver from a c section?

Probably not, but...: Data needed: 1) how big is your liver, ; how big is the lesion/scar? 2) how was it found ; how long has it been there (seen before c-section?) 3) enlarging, ; at what rate? 4) does it appear cystic, solid, linear? 5) is it causing symptoms? 6) do you have underlying liver disease? 7) has a tissue diagnosis (biopsy) been pursued? 8) more than one lesion/scar? Thanks for helping us help you. ...Read more

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My dr tried to perform an ablation & couldn't. He says I have scar tissue everywhere from my c sections including my liver, is that normal?

My dr tried to perform an ablation & couldn't. He says I have scar tissue everywhere from my c sections including my liver, is that normal?

Yes, but: Presuming you are referring to an endometrial ablation, scar tissue within the uterus can make it impossible to insert the instrument into the uterus. The only way adhesions outside the cavity of your uterus could affect this would be from tilting your uterus in a difficult angle. Sometimes this can be overcome with medications or a more experienced hysteroscopic surgeon. ...Read more

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Could liver help the scars and deep chicken pox scar to heal and smooth?

Could liver help the scars and deep chicken pox scar to heal and smooth?

I don't believe that: Ingesting liver will make any significant changes to scars. Recommend dermatology or plastic surgery consultation. Take care. ...Read more

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Liver cyst 2.3cm by 2.2 CM on ultrasound before surgery remove tubes and ovaries and lots scar tissue should I see specialist?

Liver cyst 2.3cm by 2.2 CM on ultrasound before surgery remove tubes and ovaries and lots scar tissue should I see specialist?

Primary doctor: Liver cysts are a common occurrence and are routinely found on imaging studies. I assume this cyst was found incidentally? Most cysts are benign and do not require any further testing. Ask your primary doctor to review the characterization of the cyst and consider the need for further studies. ...Read more

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Can I get high liver enzymes due to prostatitis or scar tissue in the urinary tract due to past STD trauma?

Can I get high liver enzymes due to prostatitis or scar tissue in the urinary tract due to past STD trauma?

No: Look for another cause of elevated liver enzymes. Your physician might retest you after 2 weeks off alcohol and all meds, or go directly to screen for hepatitis b, hepatitis c, wilson's, hemochromatosis, and autoimmune hepatitis. You may just have the liver enzyme elevation that will benefit from getting into great physical shape. God luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Liver scarring?

What is the definition or description of: Liver scarring?

Liver scarring: Liver scarring = Fibrosis of liver cells. Cirrhosis occurs when the is scar tissue built- up throughout the liver. ...Read more

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My sister has liver scarring. What do I need to know?

My sister has liver scarring. What do I need to know?

Many causes: Many things cause fibrosis which goes on to cirrhosis, alcohol, infections of various types and toxins. She really needs a doctor to work up the problem. ...Read more

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Can liver repair, minor scarring caused by fatty liver?

Can liver repair, minor scarring caused by fatty liver?

Yes - minor scarring: The liver does have regenerative capacity in a healthy individual. Limiting calories under the supervision of a nutritionist may help to limit and reverse the damage caused by fatty liver which is commonly associated with being overweight. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between cirrhosis of the liver and scarring?

Severity: Scarring(fibrosis) of the liver is rate on a scale of 0-4. Stage 4 fibrosis is equivalent to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How can I address liver scarring and cirrhosis?

How can I address liver scarring and cirrhosis?

Live healthy: The liver has an amazing ability to regenerate itself if further damage is not done. If you have infectious hepatitis, see your doctor for possible medical treatments. If you are not a candidate for these, avoid liver toxins such as alcohol, paint fumes and tylenol (acetaminophen). Keep hydrated and eat properly. You may need special vitamens and supplements to maintain health so see your nutritionist. ...Read more

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What does an ultrasound of the liver detect? Can it detect cirrhosis or scarring?

What does an ultrasound of the liver detect? Can it detect cirrhosis or scarring?

Ultrasound: Ultrasound of the liver can diagnose changes in the consistency of the liver tissue. It is very good at diagnosing masses and it evaluating the gallbladder. It is less good at definitively diagnosing scarring or cirrhosis, but it certainly can give indications of change in the liver with those conditions are present. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the liver to recover from chronic heavy drinking provided there is no scarring or permanent damage?

How long does it take for the liver to recover from chronic heavy drinking provided there is no scarring or permanent damage?

Questions for you...: How chronic and how heavy was the alcohol consumption in question, and what co-morbidities may be present that could accelerate alcohol-related liver damage? ...Read more

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Can lupus cause liver scarring?

Can lupus cause liver scarring?

No: Lupus is unlikely to involve the liver. If you have significant liver disease and a positive ANA look for other causes such as viral or autoimmune hepatitis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I've suffered cancer-related liver scarring?

How do I know if I've suffered cancer-related liver scarring?

F/u with your MD: You need to follow up with your liver doctor or your primary doctor. There is no clear guideline on how to f/u patient with liver cirrhosis. Some doctors would do a blood work that include an afp- a cancer marker for liver cancer-, plus imaging study- i.e. Sonogram of the liver alternating with MRI (if needed) periodically every 6 months or so. Discuss in detail with your md. ...Read more

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Can scarring or cirrosis of liver be diagnosed by ultrasound and mri? I m scared of CT because of radiation.

Can scarring or cirrosis of liver be diagnosed by ultrasound and mri? I m scared of CT because of radiation.

Liver damage: The MRI is commonly used for soft tissue, so it can be used. Ultrasound can detect gross abnormalities as well. ...Read more

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Hi I've just been diagnosed with haematomachrosis and had a liver biopsy done which showed no scarring but grade 3 iron deposits. Any advice welcome?

Be happy: Congratulations on having the diagnosis made. It still gets missed and kills plenty of people. Of all the common killer diseases, this is the easiest to manage. The vast majority of hemochromatosis patients have the type that can be managed by removing iron through phlebotomy. You'll probably feel better. Unfortunately, because of misunderstandings, your blood can't be transfused to others. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can mimic cirrhosis symptoms? Fibroscan and biopsy was negative for liver scarring

Is there anything that can mimic cirrhosis symptoms? Fibroscan and biopsy was negative for liver scarring

Liver cirrhosis: Cirrhosis of the liver has many symptoms, many of which occur in other ailments. Severe swelling occurs also in heart failure & certain kidney diseases, itching occurs with allergy, jaundice can occur with hemolysis (breaking of red blood cells within blood stream), confusion has many causes. Many other symptoms also exist for cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is future of liver cirrhosis treatment? Is there any development in research which can reverse scarring process?

What is future of liver cirrhosis treatment? Is there any development in research which can reverse scarring process?

No: That said, there is great progress in treating hepatitis. however, NASH is a problem that is increasing. There is no progress of revering scarring of cirrhosis that I know of ...Read more

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Elevated lfts for 10 years. Had two liver biopsies, showed inflammation, no scarring and they could not figure out cause. Now what? Tired& cranky

Elevated lfts for 10 years.  Had two liver biopsies, showed inflammation, no scarring and they could not figure out cause.  Now what?  Tired& cranky

Talk to doc.: If ten years and 2 biopsies can't figure it out we won't figure it out here. There is no magic answer better than biopsy. I suspect there is information in the biopsy that you are overlooking or not sharing with us. I'm sure your docs have probably given you a "plan" for continued surveillance or monitoring of your elevations. ...Read more

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In 2012 stage 1 little scarring I have hepatitis C it's been two years since I seen liver dr don't smoke or drink how long will it take to kill you?

In 2012 stage 1 little scarring I have hepatitis C it's been two years since I seen liver dr don't smoke or drink how long will it take to kill you?

Hepatitis C: There is no way to answer that accurately. Lifestyle plays a big role in staying alive longer whether you have hep C or anything else for that matter. If you continue with poor choices like unprotected sex, fatty animal based diet, no fruits or vegetables and not see your liver doctor, it won't take long to kill you. See your doctor check how your liver is doing, make better lifestyle choices. ...Read more

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Hep c cause Cirrhosis stage 4grade1 treatment cured from hep c, Can Cirrhosis still progress and keep scarring the liver after being clear from hep c?

Hep c cause Cirrhosis stage 4grade1 treatment cured from hep c, Can Cirrhosis still progress and keep scarring the liver after being clear from hep c?

Yes: Unfortunately cirrhosis is an irreversible process and some inflammatory activity that leads to scarring of the liver may proceed in absence of the virus (autoimmune mechanism). However, getting rid of the virus at least removes the initial or major cause of inflammation and thus may slow down the entire process ...Read more

Dr. Jon Krook
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Splenectomy (Definition)

Spleen removal (splenectomy) is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This organ is in the upper part of your belly, on the left side. It helps your body fight germs and infections. It also ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more