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Liver ultrasound result
Aug 8, 2008

hi Dr. Barbara kindly interpret my ultrasound result. The liver is normal in size and contour but with diffuse increase in parenchymal echogenicity. The intrahepatic and extrahepatic ducts are not dilated. The AP diameter of the common duct is 3.4mm. No focal mass is noted. The gallblader is normal and size and configuration. The GB wall is not thickened. No intraluminal echoes are seen. No pericholecystic fluid collection is noted. The pancreas and spleen are normal in size and echopattern. No focal mass is noted. IMPRESSION of the doctor is Fatty liver, normal biliary tree, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen. Am i prone of having hepatitis with my liver ultrasound result? Thank you in advance and god bless....

Response from Dr. McGovern

The diffuse increase in echogenicity may certainly be consistent with fatty liver. Risk factors for this problem include diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

You will want to ask your doctor if your liver function tests are abnormal. However, even patients with normal liver function tests can have fatty liver. The more concerning thing is whether you have fatty liver with inflammation. This kind of liver disease can lead to scarring.

You will want to discuss with a liver specialist.



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