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05/24/2012 02:29 AM

Slightly heterogenous liver -what does this mean?

kristen4567
 
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My mother has cirrhosis caused by Hep C but, thanks to our useless doctor, she is still waiting for an appointment with a specialist. I feel like we really need to know how far it has progressed and what stage she's at. However, she's had an ultrasound scan (doesn't want a liver biopsy) and the scan showed she has a "slightly heterogeneous liver" and that it's smaller than a normal healthy liver. What does "slightly heterogeneous" mean in terms of the progression of the disease? I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on this for me.

Her other symptoms are:

severe ascites

abnormal liver function tests

splenomegaly (enlarged spleen)

portal hypertension

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05/24/2012 05:00 AM
mikealpha1
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That would mean there are some spots of denser tissue such as fibroids or scarring. If it is "slightly" that would mean there is not yet much scarring.

06/01/2012 07:53 AM
kristen4567
 
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"If it is "slightly" that would mean there is not yet much scarring" --

thank you. That is encouraging to hear.

She doesn't want a liver biopsy and I guess there's no other way of telling exactly how much damage to the liver has occurred. It's very difficult not knowing and feeling so much uncertainty all the time. But I've got to respect her wishes.

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