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Old 12-23-2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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Unhappy Post-liver resection MRI

So, I had my follow up MRI done this week to see how things look 6 months after the resection I had for my left sided adenoma. I got a copy of it on disc.

I know its dangerous territory to even look at the images and wonder but...

I don't see that my left lobe has regenerated much at all! (I mean nothing is even past midline to the left of my sternum). My understanding is that usually 90% will regenerate within a few months. Has anyone seen anything similar to this?

Also concerned because the little bit that is there (next to the septum that divides to the two lobes) is not normal looking... and by that I mean, with the contrast it 'lights up' in contrast to the rest of my liver. I am SO worried that something is going on again!!!

My surgeon told me after surgery that this would never come back. But he also doesn't know why I even developed an adenoma in the first place because I was not on BCP's or hormone replacement.

Looking for some reassurance here...I meet with him next Monday for my actual appointment with him.

Feedback & comments are appreciated

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Old 12-24-2009, 01:00 AM   #2
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Re: Post-liver resection MRI

I am not sure what it looks different in the scan - I was also told that the regeneration process starts within two weeks of the resection (providing you and your liver are otherwise healthy, if not the process may start a little later). Not sure how long it takes to fully regenerate of how long to get to 90%. In saying that though I can't imagine that it would ever look normal again??? That's my very uneducated opinion tho!

With regards to your doctor saying that they won't ever come back, I was told the opposite. I was told that I could easily get another one, regardless of whether I stayed on or came off BCP (I came off asap but was told I could def still get another). I was under the impression that this is why an adenoma sufferer needs follow-up for the rest of their life!

Good luck with your appointment and please let us know how you went, I would also be interested to hear about your scan when you get your surgeons opinion

Old 01-05-2010, 12:19 PM   #3
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Re: Post-liver resection MRI

Hi Farmgrrl

Am wondering how you got on with your liver doctor?

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