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Liver Hemangiomas - Confused

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Old 12-08-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Post Liver Hemangiomas - Confused

Hello - I had a CT of my abdomen and it showed liver lesions, so my GI doctor ordered a MRI of abdomen specifically of the liver. The results are in and I am confused. It states that: There are several similar appearing T2 hyperintense, T1 hypointense lesions in multi left and right hepatic lobes would show a similar enhancement pattern of peripheral nodular discontiguous enhancement with gradual centripedal fill-in. Then it goes on to list 7 different segments for examples. The largest is seen to measure 11mm. No concerning web lesion is evident. Impression: Liver lesions as described above, correlate with the patients prior CT scan and are mostlye consistent with benign hemangiomas. No additional follow up or workup is recommended. Liver lesions appear benign on MRI. So my doctors are dismissing it. I have a sometimes sharp pain in the upper right quadrant of my abdomen, sometimes it hurts when I breath in deep and sometimes the pain radiates into my right shoulder blade. It is very uncomfortable and scary at times. Doctors dismiss as anxiety or gas, some have said possibly gallbladder issuel. I did have a CT of my chest to check for PE and it came back fine. What should my next steps be? I have consulted a University Liver Tumor Clinic and am trying to get an appt. for a second opinion there.


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Old 01-01-2012, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: Liver Hemangiomas - Confused

Most likely tumors evaluated with MRI is the gold standard for liver tumor diagnosis
hemangiomas are very common in society they dont cause any symptoms unless they are large enough in size if you are uncertain ask your GP to do Liver Enzyme pannel, AFP-alphafetoprotien-Cancer marker if your blood work comes back normal chances are they will just follow up via mri or ct scan semi annually

Do you still have your gallbladder? because your symptoms could also explain a gall stone or bileduct blocked with a stone...usually a symptom is upper right quadrant pain radiating into the shoulder.

you have done the right thing to get an opinion from tumor specialist
you can also see a hepatologist don't settle for anxiety as a diagnosis at the end of the day you know your body better than anyone one else so if you are not comfortable with the diagnosis do not rest till you are!!

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