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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsHeart Diseases · 9 years ago

Fatty liver, ultrasound needed?

My wife recently was informed she had a fatty liver, the GP has now sent her for an ultrasound scan is this normal? Also he said the blood tests did not show up anything else, however does it seem like they are being "economical" with the truth, or would anything really sinister show on the blood test's?

Many thanks in advance.

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  • 9 years ago
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    If her doctor mentions that she has a fatty liver...then it would be best to

    ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist.

    Let me explain what may take place in liver problems.

    If there is fat inside the liver, it may not cause any problem to begin with.

    But, as more fat develops inside the liver, it causes pressure in the liver.

    This can lead to liver cell damage. When the cells become damaged,

    the immune system of the body will respond to this and cause

    inflammation to develop inside the liver, also. The liver is surrounded

    by a tight membrane capsule. This would then be more serious for

    two reasons. It is now known as Steatohepatitis. Steato means

    fat, hepat means liver, and itis means inflammation. The fat and

    inflammation combination in the liver can lead to the liver enlarging

    in size. If the cause can be found out and stopped, then the liver

    cells may heal and the problem can be reversed.

    Different things cause fatty liver: some of them are...

    obesity, weight gain, fast weight loss, insulin resistance,

    diabetes, certain medications, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,

    metabolic disorders, alcohol consumption, and others.

    The doctor does different blood tests to determine what may be

    wrong with the liver.

    1. the liver enzymes gives him an idea that the liver cells may be

    becoming damaged.

    2. the liver functions tests show how well the liver cells are still

    able to do some of the main functions of the liver to keep the body

    well

    3. the liver viral blood tests show if a virus has entered the body

    and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.

    4. the liver cancer test known as alpha feto protein.

    Blood tests are never 100% accurate. That is why the doctor will do

    more blood tests of the same nature in a certain period of time to

    be sure before diagnosis.

    An ultrasound will possibly show the fat in the liver, how much of

    the liver is affected, if there are growth in the liver, how well the

    blood may flow through the liver, the structure of the liver and

    if it has become enlarged.

    He is following the normal procedure of being sure before giving a

    final diagnosis.

    Blood tests are usually the first in line tests to do, since it gives a pattern

    to determine a problem. Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI are film tests of looking

    at pictures or films of the organ. However, a liver biopsy is the very best

    test done since they are looking directly at the tissue of the liver and not

    just films of it.

    I hope this has been of help to you.

    Here are a few on fatty liver disease, that you can click on:

    http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.ht...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

    http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_li...

    http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

    http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-li...

    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/175472-overv...

    Source(s): caregiver to a liver transplant patient
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  • 9 years ago

    Your wife might have had some elevated levels in her bloodwork regarding liver function. These can be abnormal for many reasons. Most of the time it's just something minor. Sometimes they can elevate for no reason and return to normal when tested again. Blood work is not enough to determine what is going on. That is why the doctor wants an ultrasound. If the bloodwork shows a possible problem, then they usually order a CT scan and/or ultrasound. Have to wait and see the results of that test and go from there. If it's just a fatty liver, she can do things to help that.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Ultrasound is the good way to know you are fatty liver or not?

    you need wait and com back home, when have result, you can treatment by medicine under doctor'guide or natural ways.

    If you have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, you might be feeling afraid and somewhat bewildered and would appreciate more information about all aspects of this condition. What causes it? What are the treatments available? What are the possible diet and lifestyle changes you should make? What advice for a holistic approach to managing – and even reversing it? and i know the website is so good and full information a bout fatty liver at:http://adola.net/go/fattyliver-bible/

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    5 years ago

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