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    Old 01-24-2014, 12:42 PM   #1
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    Liver spots on CT scan?

    I had diverticulitis and a CT scan was ordered
    After the GI specialist discussed me getting a colonoscopy, he mentioned he saw spots on my liver. He also said not to worry about it and that I would get another CT scan 3 months later.
    He then chastised me for drinking too much.
    I am 49 year old female, active, normal weight, healthy diet, quit smoking 6 years ago but I do (did) drink apps 3-4 glasses of wine /5-6 nights a week. I know, I know! I've quit that habit too now.
    I should add, when drinking too many days in a row, I would sometimes feel a little twinge under rib cage, right side that comes and goes and goes away a couple of days later.
    Also, I have never done drugs, do not take medications and rarely take advil or tylenols, I prefer to suffer through colds than take the cold meds.
    I had my gallbladder removed a few years ago
    I have lots of energy, no other signs and symptoms of any kind
    last medical ( last year) liver enzymes where normal

    I got the call to go for the 2nd CT scan, and am nervous.
    What are spots on CT scan? can they differentiate between cancer, cysts, fatty liver from the scan?

    Nervous!

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    Old 01-24-2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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    Re: spots on liver on CT scan?

    I should add... I am super aware of how my body is now, and searching dr Google isn't reassuring.
    My back has been waking me up for about 4 nights.
    I have chronic upper back and neck problems due to my work and have been seeing a chiropractor and massage therapist a couple times a month for years.
    Also carpal tunnel.
    Waking up from sleeping on my back with numb fingers and sore upper back, I attributed it to my chronic pain but it never really did that before unless I spend a day sick in bed, then it would hurt. Googling upper back pain at night point to possible lung cancer or liver disease, yikes!
    most likely my chronic pain flaring up but still.

    Anyone cares to pitch in?

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    Old 01-25-2014, 05:35 AM   #3
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    Re: Liver spots on CT scan?

    First off many people have spots on the liver their entire life with no problem. The possible reason for another CT scan is to see if the spots have grown. In most every case the spots are monitor to make sure they do not grow. If they do not grow or cause a problem the doctor will just leave them alone and you will be fine.
    It may just be me but 2 or 3 glasses does not seem to be a problem. You could have had those spots all your life and just now been revealed to you. But anyway, just make sure that you follow up with the CT scan so the doctor can check for any growth.

     
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    Old 01-27-2014, 06:14 PM   #4
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    Re: Liver spots on CT scan?

    Not sure where to post this since it is related to tests done to the liver.
    I've had a CT scan before and only had the warm flush and urinating symptoms.
    This time, it felt as if my heart was going pretty fast, maybe about 100 bpm,( my normal is around 60) and felt as if it was pumping really hard, wanting to push through my chest hard. No pain, nausea or sweating. This started a couple of seconds after the dye was in and went away when the flushing feeling was gone.
    I was nervous before the test, I don't know why so it could be anxiety, but I have never really felt (not often anyways) my heart pumping this hard.
    I have no history of heart disease, 49 year old woman, non smoker, I jog and exercise several times a week, normal blood pressure.
    I did mention it to the xray tech but he attributed it to my anxiousness.
    I felt fine as soon as the flushing feeling went away, and back to normal when the CT scan was finished.
    I went home and researched side effects and I see that there could be a rare but serious side effect that could cause heart palpitations. Should I worry about future CT scans??

     
    Old 01-28-2014, 02:49 PM   #5
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    Re: Liver spots on CT scan?

    I don't think so- I get that feeling each time that place the dye in the veins. But before the next CT, I would tell the person taking the scan about your experience.

     
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    Old 02-11-2014, 06:53 PM   #6
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    Re: Liver spots on CT scan?

    Results from CT scan:
    small cyst on liver
    haven't grown since previous scan in April 2013
    benign

     
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