I got a copy of my CT Scan report in the mail, and it comments, "Stable tiny fat containing umbilical hernia".
What does this mean? Is an umbilical hernia behind my navel? If it's "stable", does that mean it won't pop out or anything?? What's the comments about "fat containing" mean? Could this be caused by a surgery I had three years ago where there was an incision made in my navel?
when radiologists use the term stable it almost inevitable refers to the fact that they have seen the "finding" before ... in your case, I would assume that you've had a CT of the abd/pelv before and upon comparison, the radiologist likely noted that the fat hernia has not changed in size
"tiny fat containing umbiliacal hernia" just refers to the fact that either by a defect in the abdominal wall from your previous laparoscopic surgery or by the your body's own naturally abdominal wall defects a small tag of fat has protruded out by your belly button ... just remember that not all hernia's contain intestine ... a hernia is basically something that protrudes through a containing structure -- heck your brain can herniate on through your skull(really out through the base of the skull) .. but your tiny fat hernia really doesn't mean very much
Yes, I actually did have a CT scan of that same area two years ago, almost a year after the surgery i mentioned, but I never saw the report from that scan. I did see that they noted on the top of the most recent report that they were comparing it to the previous CT scan I had.
Thanks for clearing that up.
It's strange that I don't notice a hernia there, though. I guess that's why they called it "tiny".