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    tenny45 Posts: 5, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 28, 2006, 12:34 PM
    Liver Lesion
    Hi, I'm a 21 yr-old female. About a month ago I had a laparoscopic surgery, taking out a dermoid cyst. Before the surgery I had a CT scan for the purpose of examing the cyst. However, the report indicated that there is a leision to the liver as well. Specifically, "A tiny low attenuation lesion is seen, measuring appr 1cm in diameter, at the medial aspect of the mediam segement of the left lobe of the liver, near the falciform ligament. This could be further evaluated with an ultrasound. It is of unknown etiology."

    My question is, can anyone tell me what they think of this liver leision? I got a call back from an OBGYN telling me that the surgeon that performed the laparoscopy on me should have also examined my liver during the surgery. My surgeon, however, told me that it is not of her field of expertise and that it was only an incidental finding, so I should worry about it later. I will be soon communicating with both of them. Meanwhile, I'd appreciate any help and thoughts on this matter (if it seems serious, etc.) Thank you!
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    Apr 29, 2006, 05:21 AM
    Hi,
    I am not a Doctor, nor a Professional in this area. I would not want to guess at anything like this, but would rather just say that your Doctors will give you their opinions.
    I am NOT saying this is cancer, but one method of surgery involves a biopsy, removing a small sample of it, and analyzing it. My wife had this done in 2003, with a small nodule on the base of her tongue. It was cancerous. She went through Chemo and Radiation treatments in 2004, and is now cancer free! We are truly blessed.
    Whatever the Doctors suggest, is what I would be thinking about. I know you will be concerned until you can talk with them. I would ask the Doctors to refer you to a Specialist in this area, so you can find out what it is.
    I do wish you the best, and good luck.
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    Jun 19, 2007, 02:03 PM
    My best friend has a cyst that has been drained once,and has already grown back to the size of an orange on her liver.She was diagnosed with epstein barr virus and cytomegalovirus.She can't find a dr. that will help her.They all tell her there is no cure,and nothing they can do for her.I feel like these is a sign her body is telling her that something is wrong.Ask your Dr. to test you for these viruses,especially if you have had mononucleosus in the past.Hopefully you will find the help you are looking for.
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    Jun 19, 2007, 04:55 PM
    The description is saying they discovered a cyst-this is most likely nothing to worry about-the low-attenuation refers to the fact that it is watery (cystic) versus higher attenution lesions (which may point to cancer/tumourous in appearance) the radiologist who wrote the report would have some idea if the lesion was likely to be nasty-a CT radiologist is a vERY smart doctor, for them to say it is of unknown etiology, means they do not know why it is there-if you have the illness you say, the doctor WOULD KNOW if this lesion was related.

    Trust what your doctor says if you need an ultrasound though.
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    Jan 18, 2008, 01:29 AM
    Hi.. I am 27 and in about 10 years ago I was diagnosed with a lesion in my liver also. I was not ancerous but was Dr's thought it was caused from the contraceptive pill so I was taken off that straight away. I use to get cramps in the right side of my upper stomach.. In 2004 I had it removed it was roughly 8cm it think.. I would definitely get it checked out.. The condition I was diagnosed with is Focal Nodular Hyperplasia.. worth checking out.. very rare.. good luck
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    Apr 22, 2008, 05:27 AM
    So my answer to you is "FIND SOME ONE TO LISTEN"

    I was diagnosed with a "mass" on my liver about 15 years ago. It was located near bile ducts so they did not want to disturb it if it was not necessary. The theory at the time was "If we disturb it and its nothing we could stimulate and it will start to grow".

    A multitude of tests were done at the time of discovery, but it was determined not to be anything to worry about. Tests were done to check for changes for a couple of years... between year 3 & 4 it was determined not to be anything to worry about. So the testing was discontinued.

    15 years later... experiencing pain under my right ribs around the liver/ gallbladder area... pain became so intense that I was living on pain killers. Test determined that the gallbladder was functioning below normal, it was removed. The pain returned in a constant burning ache after a couple of weeks. Kept asking about it, was told that it I was still healing from the surgery.

    Four months later during my annual physical I told the doctor the pain was still there, she ordered a complete blood workup, it came back abnormal. Liver enzymes were "screwy" An ultra sound of the liver was done it came back abnormal, a cat scan was done it came back abnormal... the "mass" has now been diagnosed as a lesion...

    So today I'm waiting for a call to direct me to my appointment... next round of doctors.
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    Mar 24, 2009, 04:23 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Gladys56 View Post
    So my answer to you is "FIND SOME ONE TO LISTEN"

    I was diagnosed with a "mass" on my liver about 15 years ago. It was located near bile ducts so they did not want to disturb it if it was not necessary. The theory at the time was "If we disturb it and its nothing we could stimulate and it will start to grow".

    A multitude of tests were done at the time of discovery, but it was determined not to be anything to worry about. Tests were done to check for changes for a couple of years... between year 3 & 4 it was determined not to be anything to worry about. So the testing was discontinued.

    15 years later ... experiencing pain under my right ribs around the liver/ gallbladder area... pain became so intense that I was living on pain killers. Test determined that the gallbladder was functioning below normal, it was removed. The pain returned in a constant burning ache after a couple of weeks. Kept asking about it, was told that it I was still healing from the surgery.

    Four months later during my annual physical I told the doctor the pain was still there, she ordered a complete blood workup, it came back abnormal. Liver enzymes were "screwy" An ultra sound of the liver was done it came back abnormal, a cat scan was done it came back abnormal ... the "mass" has now been diagnosed as a lesion...

    So today I'm waiting for a call to direct me to my appointment...next round of doctors.
    The second half of your story is mine. Only my gall bladder was removed in Jan 09, 2 months ago, and I've had two more trips to the ER with the same pain and 2 CT scans multiple blood work all came back clean. I had an END done and it also came back clean. The GI had an MRCP done and that's where they found the lesion. Now I'm going in for a MRI just on the live both with and without contrast.

    So, I guess I quoted to say I feel your frustration and I'm only glad it didn't take 15 years.
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    Oct 14, 2010, 01:17 PM
    I have heard people experiencing pain and the first thing removed is the gall bladder. Then they said they still have the pain. I think in my opinion that before they start removing stuff - I would really like to know the real cause. In my opinion I think people and doctors assume gall bladder anytime there is a pain in the part of the abdomen any where near the gall bladder. There are good doctors, mediocre doctors and bad doctors.. before anyone cuts anything out - it is very important to see someone specializing in the area of your symptoms.. prefferably not a referral from your doctor to one of their friends or colleagues.
    Seeing 3 different doctors is not a bad idea when it comes to pulling things out [surgery].

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