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Husbands biopsy three months ago showed fibrosis bridging cirrhosis from alcohol.abdominal ultrasound came back normal last week.why normal ultrasound?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: Nature of ultrasound

This is kind of subtle, and I'll try to explain as I'm a pathologist.
Especially if your husband's disease is due to alcohol, all the little units of the liver are affected about the same, so ultrasound -- which lights up borders between areas of different consistency -- won't show a thing. This is actually good news. If I recall, he's sober now and I hope he recovers well.

In brief: Nature of ultrasound

This is kind of subtle, and I'll try to explain as I'm a pathologist.
Especially if your husband's disease is due to alcohol, all the little units of the liver are affected about the same, so ultrasound -- which lights up borders between areas of different consistency -- won't show a thing. This is actually good news. If I recall, he's sober now and I hope he recovers well.
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