Benign Liver Cysts

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a benign cyst?
    My mom just found out she has three benign cysts on her liver. What exactly does this mean? Could they turn malignant? What can she do about the pain that these cysts are causing her? She won't give me details because she's afraid to worry me, but I really want to know how bad this could get. Does anyone out there have experience with this? Any help would be very much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Benign cysts are just that. Benign, as in friendly. They are not malignant, not cancerous. This is good news. They are unlikely to become malignant. There are several types of hepatic cysts and neoplastic cysts are rare. As far as her pain, she can request an analgesic from her doctor if she doesn't already have a prescription for one. A treatment approach depends entirely on the type of cysts she has.

      Sit her down and tell her you're already worried. She needs to share this with you instead of keeping you in the dark about it. That causes more worry. I realize she's trying to protect you but you sound to me like you can take it. Tell her that and tell her you love her and want to help in any way you can.

  2. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about probable simple liver cysts-ranging in size 2mm-2.5cm?
    Had a CT to r/o kidney stones. What was found was multiple masses, sizes 2mm-2.5cm, in the right and left hepatic lobes. The report says they appear to be benign cysts with smooth margins. I really don't like the idea of this and would hate to find out 6 mths later that it was cancer and I should have done something about it. What do you suggest? Primary doc is not concerned. Should I push for further testing? I have no pain, but every once in a while I do feel a stinging like sensation on my abdomen area.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cysts are very common; no worries.

  3. QUESTION:
    Benign or Malignant Cysts? I'm confused?
    I’m confused how the word cyst is being used when it is called malignant. Shouldn’t this be called a malignant tumour, or can cysts actually be malignant as well as benign.
    And if so, what makes them so different (beside one is more harmful than the other).
    Would they look similar in a ultrsound; or would a malignant cysts be more solid? Do they both obtain fluid/etc.?

    Last week I had an abdominal ultrasound to see if I had gallstones due to upper abdominal pain (no gallstones), but they found an 8mm hepatic cysts on the top right lope on my liver. My doctor is not concerned at all, but how does she know it’s not a malignant “cyst” without doing a biopsy?? She wants me to wait next year to have another ultrasound done to see if it’s still there or if it’s larger; she also asked me if I eat a lot of protein & cheese, why would she ask this question? I am 26 yrs old; I am healthy & active/fit. I have a good diet.

    Should I be alarmed to have to wait a year to see what happens? Or hopfully, am I worrying too much?

    Thanks for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      Cysts are not malignant.

      Ultrasound is used specifically to resolve the issue of fluid-filled (a cyst) vs solid interior (a tumor). A tumor (solid) can be either malignant (cancer) or benign. If the ultrasound is without ambiguity, they will not do a biopsy.

  4. QUESTION:
    Anyone experience odd behavior with senior cat?
    My cat is 15 and he has CRF and a liver cyst. He lost some weight and the doctor said to prepare for the end.
    I'm hand feeding him and giving him fluids, etc, but here is the odd behavior that I don't understand:
    Whining/crying, restlessness, climbing and general "squirrelly" behavior. The doctor says he is NOT in pain, but he feels generally crappy.
    I have read that feline dementia can cause crying and confused behavior, but he doesn't seem confused he seems restless and wanting something that I can't provide. He wakes me up 1 to 3 times during the night and follows me around sometimes.
    I'm trying to come to a decision of when the end is, and knowing what this behavior means would help.
    Please only answer if you've had experience with this in a senior cat. I take him to the vet regularly and I do plenty of research. He is not dying from his CRF, but rather the location of his benign liver cyst which causes the stomach to have less room for food.
    Just to add a few details: Diagnosed with CRF about a year ago, we give fluid treatments several times a week, always went well but lately he resists more. Liver cyst is benign but in a "bad" location according to the doctor. His age and health make him unable to get surgery. I am spoonfeeding him Science Diet A/D (stopped eating kibble, I think it's too hard) about a tablespoon 2X a day, plus all the soft treats he wants (he won't eat anything else). I crush Potassium in the food, been doing that for a year per the doctor. At times he does look shaky, between these little "manic" episodes of restlessness as I call them. He does follow and cry directly to me, as if he wants something from me. I spent a lot of time petting/stroking his head this morning, hoping to calm him a bit. Thank you for info so far.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I am very sorry to hear about your cat. He is without a doubt uncomfortable, I doubt he suffers from dementia. He is more likely very uncomfortable and is looking to you to relieve his distress. Does he seem hungry? I would think his appetite is pretty suppressed and what he really wants from you is just comfort. Make sure he has plenty of water available to him, and food, but more importantly, spend some quiet time with him and reassure him by petting him and talking softly. If he needs it, carry him. Good luck. My heart goes out to you and to him.

  5. QUESTION:
    complex cyst of liver - how bad can it be?
    can anyone tell me how bad cam complex cyst of liver be?
    is it a cancer type? what is complex cyst? can it be benign and which circunstances?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      A simple cyst is a thin-walled, usually fluid-filled structure. When called complex, usually there are septations (extra walls) within which create a multi-compartment "soap-bubble". It neither means there is cancer present or not present. It is a description only when made by xray, not a formal diagnosis. It can be benign or malignant, and requires either follow up xrays or biopsy.

      God bless, best wishes

  6. QUESTION:
    is this a joke or what? cancer question?
    Every time I have CT, X-RAy, MRI and/or Ultrasound, I get different results and seems that no one knows what they are talking about. Can you tell me or give me an idea using simple words. (please do not tell me to ask my Doctor or give me any non-sense answer)

    Here I go: Mosaic Perfusion, Mosaic Attenuation, Hypoechoic Nodules of Liver, Complex Cyst w/protenaceous liq., Cystadenoma of Biliary, echogenic liver, echogenic kidney, fat infultration, infiltrated liver, benign cyst, 45mm hypoechoic nodules of liver.

    It is driving me crazy not knowing what is going on. Of course I have symptoms (chest pain, lower and mid abdomen, lower back, under armpit and under ribcage)

    Please just give me your opinion. (can it be cancer? how serious can it be? it is commum symptoms and diagnosis? why radiology use terms that makes things so confused?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      On the reports they have to use the medically correct terms. I dont know everything that they are saying, but you should b e able to google each word or look in a medical dictionary to learn its meaning. Then put together what all that means.

      The first person is right though, its a lil complicated. But going this way you will learn a lot and hopefully come to a conclusion about what they are saying.

  7. QUESTION:
    Question about kidneys and benign cyst?
    I recently had an ultrasound of my liver and all was fine with that. But my doc told me that I have a benign cyst in my kidney and that it would not require any further treatment and there was nothing to worry about. Well, over the past two days I have been having some slight pain in my back where my kidneys are. But I don't want to panic. I have been drinking a lot of water and this is a big change from how little water I used to drink. Could my kidneys just be overworked? Should I be concerned and schedule an appointment with her?

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  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a cyst on their liver? Should I be worried?
    I have recently been having horrible pain throughout my upper right side underneath my breast all the way around to my back. After several trips to the ER, they finally did x-rays, ultrasound, & CT scan. I was told that I had a 27x21mm (2.7cm) mass (cyst) in segment 7 of my liver. They told me that it was most likely benign but they didn't think it was causing my pain. They didn't find anything else. I am supposed to go see a family Dr. after the beginning of the year. Has anyone ever had a mass (cyst) on their liver?If so, what happened? Did you have to get it taken out? A man my husband works with had one and had to have major surgery to get it out. I am 26 and a mother of 2 small boys and am very scared. Please help! Thanks!!!

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  9. QUESTION:
    Hepatic Hemangiomas-Liver problems?
    I had an ultrasound which showed a cyst on my liver. I am going for a CT scan this week. My doc said that it's possible that it is a hepatic hemangioma which is always benign. In checking on different websites I found that people who have these don't have symptoms and this is usually found during a routine ultrasound. However, I have been experience intense discomfort from under my rib cage to the back and up to my neck area. Has anyone had a hemangioma with discomfort and is surgery always indicated? I know my doc will advise me upon test results; but I am rather anxious. I am a 56 yr.old healthy, non drinking woman taking estrogen replacement.

    • ANSWER:
      In my experience, hepatic hemangiomas are just an incidental finding. But the experts say: Large hepatic hemangiomas do occur, can cause symptoms -- pain, nausea, or enlargement of the liver -- and even rupture (a rare event) causing severe pain and bleeding into the abdomen that can be an emergency. http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9920

      Hemangiomas may cause bleeding or interfere with organ function, depending on their location. Most cavernous hemangiomas do not show symptoms. In rare cases, a cavernous hemangioma may rupture. (The only symptom may be an enlarged liver.) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000243.htm

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I give practical advice to my Alcoholic friend?
    I have friend - female - 34,about 8stone, I have known her for 2 years now and she is a really nice person.
    When I first met her she was coming out of a nervous break down and was quite fragile, she had problems walking with the amount of time she had spent off work just sitting.
    She went back to work and got better for a while, Then she sadly got made redundant in January this year.
    January was the last time she drove her car, She hardly goes out anymore and just sits and drinks all day.
    It starts at 7 am every morning she wakes up and drinks either a bottle of red wine/cider/gin or if she has any in the house whisky, by 11am she has to go to bed, thoughout the day she will wake up drink and go back to bed.
    Last year she was diagnosed as having benign tumors or cysts on her liver - one being the size of a cricket ball! - No joke. This still has not seemed to put her off.
    Are there any poeple in the wiltshire U.K area that can do home visits? she knows she needs help...

    • ANSWER:
      You could take her to the GP and ask for a number for a Community Action (CAT) team. They can come into her house and assess how she's doing, whether she needs hospital care, etc. Also research support groups in the area. Best of luck.&also contact kapil 01842281546

  11. QUESTION:
    Can anyone shed some light on this, what does it mean?
    This was posted in another forum on cancer and she got these results back, what do they mean?

    "A few have known that I have not been feeling well for the past couple of months. Finally, I received the results of my bone scan, chest x-ray which were done in Canada.

    The bone scan and the left chest x-ray have this for the final impression.

    IMPRESSION: Suspected left pleural effusion or pleural disease. Nonspecific low-grade increased uptake posterior aspect of left ribs in keeping with metastatic disease. Probable subpulmonic left pleural effusion. In view of the increased uptake on bone scan this is in keeping with an exudate which may be benign or malignant.

    Of course, I have been waiting since mid January to have the scans and x-ray. In the interim, I took myself and went into the States to get a chest CT, abdominal CT and pelvic CT. I am grateful beyond words that the States is so close and I that have access to state of the art technology in a timely fashion. Below is the final impression of the CT reports.

    IMPRESSION:
    1. Small right axillary lymph nodes.
    2. Large left-sided pleural effusion.
    3. A benign appearing lesion of the T12 vertebral body most likely representing a hemangioma.
    4. Multiple liver cysts and small hemangioma within the liver.

    When I went to see my family doctor last week he discovered the pleural effusion has increased in size and is even larger (how interesting the chest and bone scan barely mention it and the tests were done within days of each other). The wait time to see a thoracic surgeon was 8 months in the city. Fortunately, through the kindness of strangers and intervention of a caring doctor that I type for.... I was able to get an appointment with a thoracic surgeon on March 12. My wonderful pharmacist when he heard of my search found a respirologist in another city that he knew that could see me the beginning of April if I could not get anything sooner.

    Once again, I come seeking your wisdom, shared experiences, and evidence-based research regarding pleural effusions."

    She is Canadian and very scared, thanks Dave

    • ANSWER:
      Too little information here. Fever ?
      Infection or malignancy? Heart disease or kidney disorder?
      Is the pleural fluid serous or an exudate?
      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/807375-overview
      Heck, we don't even know the age of the patient !
      A complete medical history is always essential.
      Physical examination - breast lumps ? Lymph nodes ?
      Have mammograms been done ?
      Common diseases are - - common.
      Imaging studies are never enough.
      Must have a microscopic look at what is going on here.
      A thoracentesis is simple - even I could do that.
      Look at the pleural fluid under a microscope.
      - - - -
      The waiting times in Canada are ridiculous.
      Waiting creates anxiety in people who are sick and worried.
      In the U.S. we figure out what is wrong as quickly as possible
      - or at least I did.

  12. QUESTION:
    abnormal liver ultrasound?
    My mum (who is 63) has been feeling unwell for months. Was diagnosed with pernicious aneamia and atrophic gastritis in March. But her vitamin b12 injections (for the PA) werent helping and now shes had an ultrasound which showed her liver not only is fatty and has a cyst but there are 'shadows', two 'hypoechoic' patches. The GP didnt say much except that it could be cancer, although possibly isnt as she hasnt been losing weight . Now we have to wait til Tuesday to see the gastroentorologist. Has anyone had this type of ultrasound result before, or has medical knowledge about this? Could it be something else aside from a tumour? I know it coul.d still be a benign tumour but im still pretty scared.

    • ANSWER:
      The 'shadows' are also probably cystic.

      Make sure she doesn't require Folate replacement in addition to B12 injections.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are common causes for false-positive CA-125 Serum levels?
    What are common causes for false-positive CA-125 Serum levels?
    The CA-125 blood test, sometimes used as an ovarian cancer screening, has a high false-positive rate. Some possible conditions associated with an false-positive are fibroids, endometriosis, pancreatitis, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and benign ovarian cysts. I am looking for a COMPLETE list of ALL possible conditions associated with false-positive results. I've done a Yahoo and Google search but am not satisfied with the results. I seem to remember that rheumatoid arthritis is also associated also....for instance.

    If you are able, please provide a complete list. Thank you
    Denisedds....
    Yes, I realize it is a long list... but that is exactly what I am looking for.

    • ANSWER:
      The CA-125 is not intended to be a screening test and should never be sued as one. There may be a complete list of what may cause a false positive somewhere, but there is little need for such a list in a medical setting, as clinicians do not rely on lists. Any irritation in the abdomen can cause a positive result. It's especially inaccurate in premenopausal women (accuracy rate of about 50%); endometriosis, early-stage pregnancy or even normal hormonal fluctuations can lead to elevated CA-125 levels. Therefore a complete list can be very long.

  14. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with a 37cm ovarian cyst?
    I have a 37cm benign cyst on my left ovary. Because of its massive size I look about 7 months pregnant. The doctor explained to me that because of its size my liver is encased in fluid and is not functioning. My surgery is scheduled for July 21 but that is almost a month away! I am now urinating blood and when I called the oncologist he said it was simply because my kidneys are tired since they are doing all my livers work, and not to worry. Should I really go another month without a functioning liver and some "tired" kidneys?? I guess since my oncologist isnt worried I shouldnt either, but this giant cyst wasnt discovered at my routine pap just last month so my faith in the medical is failing!

    • ANSWER:
      get a second opinion NOW...call up all the Gyno's in your area, you need that out now.

  15. QUESTION:
    Which Birth Control methods most practiced by women?
    Lets exclude the condom from this question since that is usually applied to men.

    Women: Which method has been the most comfortable/uncomfortable for you? What side effects have you experienced?

    Which do you think is most averted? (Besides Tubal Ligation)

    Do you think there is a stigma if a man requires a woman to practice birth control as he does?

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    Oral Contraceptives

    – Also called “the pill,” contains the hormones estrogen and progestin and is available in different hormone dosages. A pill is taken daily to block the release of eggs from the ovaries. Oral contraceptives lighten the flow of your period and can reduce the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ovarian cancer, benign ovarian cysts, endometrial cancer, and iron deficiency anemia. It does not protect against STDs or HIV. The pill may add to your risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure, blood clots, and blockage of the arteries, especially if you smoke. If you are over age 35 and smoke, or have a history of blood clots or breast, liver, or endometrial cancer, your doctor may advise you not to take the pill. The pill is 95 to 99.9% effective at preventing pregnancy. Some antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of the pill in some women. Talk to your doctor or nurse about a back-up method of birth control if she or he prescribes antibiotics.
    Most oral contraceptives are swallowed in a pill form. One brand, called Ovcon 35, can either be swallowed or chewed. If it is chewed, you must drink a full glass of liquid immediately after to make sure you get the full dose of medication. There are also extended cycle pills, brand name Seasonale, which have 12 weeks of pills that contain hormones (active) and 1 week of pills that don’t contain hormones (inactive). While taking Seasonale, women only have their period 4 times a year when they are taking the inactive pills. There are many different types of oral contraceptives available, and it is important to talk to your doctor or nurse about which one is best for you. You will need a prescription for oral contraceptives.

    The Mini-Pill

    – Unlike the pill, the mini-pill only has one hormone, progestin, instead of both estrogen and progestin. Taken daily, the mini-pill thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. It also prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus (womb). The mini-pill also can decrease the flow of your period and protect against PID and ovarian and endometrial cancer. Mothers who breastfeed can use it because it will not affect their milk supply. The mini-pill is a good option for women who can’t take estrogen, are over 35, or have a risk of blood clots. The mini-pill does not protect against STDs or HIV. Mini-pills are 92 to 99.9% effective at preventing pregnancy if used correctly. The mini-pill needs to be taken at the same time each day. A back-up method of birth control is needed if you take the pill more than three hours late. Some antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of the pill in some women. Talk to your doctor or nurse about a back-up method of birth control if she or he prescribes antibiotics. You will need to visit you doctor for a prescription and to make sure you are not having problems.

    Copper T IUD (Intrauterine Device)

    – An IUD is a small device that is shaped in the form of a “T.” Your health care provider places it inside the uterus. The arms of the Copper T IUD contain some copper, which stops fertilization by preventing sperm from making their way up through the uterus into the fallopian tubes. If fertilization does occur, the IUD would prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the lining of the uterus. The Copper T IUD can stay in your uterus for up to 12 years. It does not protect against STDs or HIV. This IUD is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. You will need to visit your doctor to have it inserted and to make sure you are not having any problems. Not all doctors insert IUDs so check first before making your appointment.

    Progestasert IUD (Intrauterine Device)

    –This IUD is a small plastic T- shaped device that is placed inside the uterus by a doctor. It contains the hormone progesterone, the same hormone produced by a woman’s ovaries during the monthly menstrual cycle. The progesterone causes the cervical mucus to thicken so sperm cannot reach the egg, and it changes the lining of the uterus so that a fertilized egg cannot successfully implant. The Progestasert IUD can stay in your uterus for one year. This IUD is 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. You will need to visit your doctor to have it inserted and to make sure you are not having any problems. Not all doctors insert IUDs so check first before making your appointment.

    Intrauterine System or IUS (Mirena)

    – The IUS is a small T-shaped device like the IUD and is placed inside the uterus by a doctor. Each day, it releases a small amount of a hormone similar to
    Grrr some methods got cut off. Oh well.

    Congrats on triplets Screamin. Identical?
    http://www.4woman.gov/faq/birth-control-methods.cfm

    • ANSWER:
      I use the pill as well as condoms. Better safe than sorry.

      Some methods such as the mini pill and IUD have been known to cause ectopic pregnancies where the embryo develops in the fallopian tube which can rupture and put the woman in danger of bleeding to death if she doesn't get emergency surgery in time.

      Men should always make certain the woman they are sexually intimate with is practicing birth control and they should be using condoms. I expect a man to want to know my bc method and if he didn't ask I would wonder about him.

  16. QUESTION:
    What does my CT Scan results mean, I am very worried?
    It says:

    CT OF THE ABDOMEN AND PELVIS WITH CONTRAST

    HISTORY: Abdominal pain.

    FINDINGS: The lung bases are clear.

    There is diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver.

    A 4 mm hypodensity in the posterior cortex of the right kidney is likely a benign cyst. Remaining intraabdominal organs have a normal appearance. There is no free fluid or lymphadenopathy.

    There is a persistent 2.2 cm segment of decreased patency of the sigmoid colon. This is likely due to anatomical variation. There is no proximal dilatation of colonic lumen that would suggest true stricture. Inflammatory or neoplastic mucosal-based lesion is felt to, therefore, be unlikely. Further evaluation could be obtained with barium enema or colonoscopy, if felt to be clinically indicated.

    IMPRESSION:

    1.No acute intraabdominal/pelvic pathology.

    2.2.2 cm segment of lack of normal luminal distention of sigmoid colon, likely representing developmental variant and/or spasm, rather than true persistent stricture. No dilatation of proximal bowel or other evidence to suggest bowel obstruction.
    I am 55 years old, overweight, T2 Diabetic, Don't smoke or drink.
    Thanks Liza. I am still wondering why I am still having some Abdominal discomfort mostly in my lower left side.
    Since the CT results don't sound real bad. I don't see the Dr. again until the 21st.

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, this scan is done as your doc was suspecting some part of your intestine is blocked.

      The lung bases are clear - means no sign of infection in your lungs.

      There is diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver - There are a lot of fats growing at your liver. Obviously, you better admit you are eating a lot of junk food, most likely KFC.

      A 4 mm hypodensity in the posterior cortex of the right kidney is likely a benign cyst - means, at the back of your right kidney, there is a small grow of 4mm. However, the growth contains fluid. So it's most likely to be a cyst and very unlikely to be cancer.

      Remaining intraabdominal organs have a normal appearance. There is no free fluid or lymphadenopathy - means - the rest of the organs inside the territory of tummy, are normal. No free fluid means no serious illness in the tummy eg cancer. No lymph nodes are found there also. That means you are unlikely to be having lymphoma, a type of cancer.

      There is a persistent 2.2 cm segment of decreased patency of the sigmoid colon. - at the large intestine (sigmoid colon), about 30cm from your anus, a part of the intestine of length 2.2cm is not flowing well, the flow is slightly slower as compared to the rest of other parts of the intestine.

      This is likely due to anatomical variation. means - this is likely to be normal due to the position of your body.

      There is no proximal dilatation of colonic lumen that would suggest true stricture. Means - (normally, after the section of blockage eg slow flow, the lower part of the intestine will be bigger.) the intestine after the block is not bigger, means it's not block. Just slower flow.

      Inflammatory or neoplastic mucosal-based lesion is felt to, therefore, be unlikely. means - based on the above findings on the scan, you are unlikely to be having cancer in your intestine. Your intestine is not inflammed also.

      Further evaluation could be obtained with barium enema or colonoscopy, if felt to be clinically indicated. means - if need to be 100% sure what is happening at the slow flow section, will need to be find out by a scope going into your intestine from your anus. Or do a barium enema, whereby a milky radio opague fluid is push into your intestine from anus.

      No acute intraabdominal/pelvic pathology. means - no serious abnormalities found in this region.

      I am 55 years old, overweight, T2 Diabetic, Don't smoke or drink - does not have any effects on the scan.

  17. QUESTION:
    What can cause Pressure in Head and Miscellaneous Symptoms?
    Alright from the top: About a month ago I went into the ER because I had performed a self-examination and felt that one of the sides of my scrotum felt larger to me than the other and was therefore afraid that I had cancer. As a side note this intensified after I had worked out extra hard for the first time in about 6 months. They had diagnosed me with a Varicocele and had also noted what they called a benign cyst on the right side after performing an Ultrasound. Therefore, I was much relieved as I got a report of no cancer and my blood work came back normal along with the other normal tests (i.e. kidney, thyroid, liver, pancreas).

    However, since that time I have experienced the following symptoms both on an occasional and constant basis:

    Occasional

    Jabbing pain in armpit
    Pressure in Back of Head
    Pain in Shoulder Blade
    Pain in side
    Dull feeling in Groin
    Pelvic Pain
    Sweating at palms

    Constant

    Fatigue in legs
    No strong desire to eat – do so because I should
    Feel hot but no fever – actually temperature lower than 98.6 (i.e. 97.6)

    It just seems a little weird to me that all of these started. I was actually running on the treadmill about a week ago and I had to get off because the pressure in the back of my head had built up so much it felt like it was going to explode. My headaches are always in the back of my head now and they do not throb, they are just like a dull sensation. I have went to 5 doctors and they are telling me that I am fine and it is related to anxiety. However, I have not been sick in like 5 years and I know how to separate the mental from the physical. None of them have ordered a CT/MRI and therefore they are going off of the blood work and the ultrasound. However, I am still concerned and it is driving me crazy. Please provide me some guidance!

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms don't fit into a category and that is the problem with doctors. Though it doesn't mean you are not suffering. But if the ultrasound abdomen & pelvis, blood tests etc are normal, you shouldn't stress over it. Eat healthy and go for daily exercises to keep fit. You may suggest your doc to get CT done on brain, just to rule out things. Have a second opinion.
      Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    I got my CT Scan Results, can anyone help interpret this?
    I finally was able to get a CT scan as a follow up for a liposarcoma that I had in 2000. Here is the radiology report:

    CT chest, abdomen and pelvis
    Findings: Lungs are clear. Scattered thin walled lucent cysts in the lung bilaterally. No pleural or pericardial fluid or mediastinal abnormality.
    The liver is prominent and mildly fatty with caudal edge of the liver extending below the lower pole of the right kidney and transverse dimension of the liver from right to left measuring about 28 cm. Several scattered small hypo densities are noted in the liver which are too small to characterize including one on image #160 in the left lobe and one in the posterior right lobe on image #158 and another at age image#155 and also image #150. These are probably preexisting benign lesions or cysts.
    The spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands and kidneys are unremarkable.
    There is no intraabdominal mass or evidence of recurrent fatty tumor. Normal appendix. There is a small enhancing nodule in the right fundus of the uterus consistent with a fibroid. No pelvic mass or cyst. No ascites.
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    I don't understand something... How can someone look at a picture and know right away that something is a cyst?
    My problem with this is because I was misdiagnosed for 7 years before they finally removed the tumor that ended up being a liposarcoma. I know that liposarcomas like to go to the lungs, so the fact that there are "cysts" there really bugs me...
    Any opinion would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      A contrast enhanced CT scan is quite good at telling the difference between a fluid filled item, a solid item that has the equivalent density and blood flow as fat, and a solid item that has lots of blood flow.

      One of the simplest ways to tell the difference between the characteristics of various findings on a CT scan is to compare them to tissue or material of a known character. If, for example, a mass is found inside the abdomen, and it has about the same density or gray shade as the fat under the skin, then it's probably a fatty mass. If it's a brighter gray and looks more like the shade of the abdominal muscles, then it has a lot more blood flow and tissue density than fat... it's more like muscle.

      This is a very simplistic explanation, but it's the first thing one notices about an unknown mass on a CT scan.

      A more sophisticated way to make the determination is to actually read the "Hounsfield units" measurement at that given position. HU measures the density of an object based on how much it stops the x-rays used in the CT scanner. The result is obtained with nothing more than a couple of "point and click" choices on the computer.

      Often, when CT scans are done, we actually get TWO or MORE scans in rapid succession. Sometimes we get one set of images, inject the contrast, and then get another set of images, and then sometimes we wait and get even more sets of images! These serial imagings are useful to detect the variation of blood flow in different tissues. Certain types of tumors have characteristic patterns of enhancement with IV contrast over time.

      However, liposarcoma isn't one of them. You probably had a single CT series obtained with IV contrast, and probably oral contrast as well.

      A large portion of radiology expertise is really familiarity and pattern recognition. Having seen metastatic sarcoma to the lung, the radiologist just knows what it looks like. Cysts have a different appearance.

      Cysts are generally fluid filled sacs with a wall that is made of living tissue. The living tissue has blood flow and shows up with enhancment on the CT scan. The fluid inside has a density basically equivalent to water and has no enhancement. If the radiologist saw something like that, they'd call it a cyst.

      Radiologists are generally scared to "under-read". If the radiologist is aware that you had a history of liposarcoma (and the report suggests that they ARE), they know that you have a risk of metastatic recurrences that could occur at the original site, in the lung or even in bone. They'd LOOK for that. If they saw anything that was questionable, they'd put the onus of responsibility back on the surgeon to make a genuine determination.

      They'd use terminology such as "masses observed in the lung cannot be fully characterized, biopsy recommended", or "lesions of unknown significance found in the lung fields, clinical correlation required." These would be signals to the surgeon that the radiologist is not willing to be responsible for non-intervention.

      In your case, the fact that the radiologist is being clear in their CT diagnosis is very reassuring.

      Sarcomas are best characterized in terms of "grade". They will be referred to as "high grade" or "low grade" depending on the microscopic evaluation. This helps predict their behavior over time. Sarcomas tend to recur at the original site because it's often difficult to get the whole thing. Less commonly, they crop up in distant sites, but when they do, it's often because they are high grade, aggressive cancers.

      You appear to have been cancer free for over 7 years. You're doing really well! Congratulations on kicking butt on some bad disease. :)

      Edit:

      I was going to refer you to a recent liposarcoma question I answered for some further info, but...

      IT WAS YOUR QUESTION! :D

      I guess this is the internet equivalent of "continuity of care" !

  19. QUESTION:
    Binge drinking Friday, now I feel odd, why?
    I normally drink about 1-2 beers or glasses of wine a day at home with my family over dinner and afterwards. I took a week off of drinking or so. Then last week I had 2 martinis on Thursday and on Friday I had 5 beers (microbrew) after dinner in addition to 2 weak choladas before dinner (half beer, half Margarita mix).

    Well I didn't even feel that tipsy on Friday after my first 4 beers so I had a fifth beer, but as I chugged that one down, all of the sudden I went from feeling very lightly tipsy to just plain sick. I am confused. I never felt drunk, just went from a tiny bit tipsy to sick on that last beer. To make it worse it was a dark beer so it just sat there on my stomach like a ton of bricks and I got sick because of it.

    I slept for 5 hours, then had sips of water the next day but I was worried, even though I was probably dehydrated, that I would upset my stomach with too much water.

    Later on, I felt I had abdominal pain just below my belly button on my left hand side. I felt my left abdomen was throbbing! The odd thing was, I think it WAS throbbing because I set the remote on it, and it would lift up and down, showing me that I was indeed correct about throbbing in that region.

    My past medical history includes dehydration due to stress which has led to chronic UTI. These have been treated and dealt with. I also am on an IUD and have had a prior condition with ovulation cysts on the ovaries (benign but they swell very large when I ovulate). I also am on medication for mood disorder (divalproic acid, and lorazepam).

    Anyway, my question is why does my lower left abdomen feel so odd? It is throbbing, and I have also had some shooting pains also in my abdomen when I twist around in bed. I am naturally concerned it's fatty liver but I wonder if those shooting pains sound like something associated with that. Or maybe it was just indigestion from all those dark ales I drank.
    It is my impression that 1-2 drinks a night isn't alcoholism. The sensation I am describing came after the 5 beer Friday I mentioned.

    • ANSWER:
      With all those prior medical issues (especially mood disorders) you might want to cut back on the alcohol a bit. Just because you don't feel drunk doesn't mean you aren't an drinking I excess is a bad idea. Te liver takes a ridiculous time to process alcohol and overwhelming it with so much in a single day is not good. Suffering these symptoms my first point of call, especially if my stomach was visably throbbing, wouldn't be yahoo answers, go see a doctor or a&e.

  20. QUESTION:
    Cyst on left ventricle of the brain of an adult?
    I'm a lifetime migraine sufferer but recently they have changed and become almost daily or constant. I had a CT in the ER which showed assymetry in the fluid level in my left ventricle. I followed up with a visit to a family practitioner who ordered an MRI. She left me a message after her office's closing hours on Thursday (she doesn't work Fridays) saying that I had a cyst on my brain in the left ventricle. Does anyone have any information about whether this is serious and how serious? Any educated input would be appreciated. I am a 41 yo female. I am a smoker and moderately overweight. I have masses, assumed benign on both my liver and thyroid.
    I'm not sure whether she said in or on my left ventricle, because all I had was a message on my cell phone. What I understand about the fluid level is that since there is a cyst in my left hemisphere that increases the fluid level and pressure on the right. My migraines are almost always right sided. Thank you for your response.

    • ANSWER:
      You are certain that she said on your ventricle and not in your ventricle. I have a cyst in my left ventricle which is pressing on the left side of my brain. When I walk I tend to turn to the right and I have a tremor in my right hand. My neurologist doesn't feel it is causing me any problems and they just check it every 2 years. You state that you are a lifetime migraine sufferer. I never get headaches.
      They will probably want to remove your cyst since it is obviously causing you headaches. You need to get a referral to a neurosurgeon for an opinion as to whether the cyst is causing your headaches or not. Since you write about asymmetry in the fluid levels I'm still not sure where the cyst is.
      That's all I can think of for know, follow up with your GP on Monday. My cyst has been unchanged since they first discovered it in 1997.

  21. QUESTION:
    I need help understanding my CT Scan results!!!!?
    Here is my 1st CT Scan performed in 2009: There is Hepatomegaly measuring 16.5 cm craniocaudally withnormal hepatic attenuation. No evidence for liver mass. There is a right upper pole renal cortica cyst measuring 2.7 cm in greatest dimension w/calcification within the posterior aspect of cyst. Note is made of duplicated right renal collecting system. Subcentimeter small bowel msentric lymph nodes are noted which are most likely benign.
    Recently I have had very painful, cronic diarrhea with some blood. I went to see a Gastroenterologist who ran multiple tests and found nothing other than slight swelling in intestines and my Sedementation rate was elevated. For a month and a half I have had A LOT of lower back pain in both left and right side. At times it is almost unbearable. I had another CT Scan done this past Wednesday with these results: 2 cm well-circumscribed predominantly fluid density cyst in the posterior mid to superior right renal pole. There is some dependant coarse calcification in its posterior wall. No other cysts seen. There are a few mildly prominent lymph nodes in the central mesentery measuring up to about 8mm in diameter.
    My questions are these: Is there anything that should be considered a concern in these results considering the fact that I have had the same cyst on my right kidney for 2 years? I have a LONG history of cancer in my family (Mother has thyroid cancer) and Lupus, should the lymph nodes or cyst be considered for a biopsy? Please help!
    Also, I dont know how to respond to answers on here if you could tell me how.. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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  22. QUESTION:
    cyst on the pancreas? please help.?
    my liver enzymes were elevated, so as a precaution i had an abdominal ultrasound to make sure it was functioning correctly.well, they found during the US that I have a small 2 cm cyst on my pancreas.

    i have to go for a CT scan and bloodwork to make sure its functioning correctly. i am so scared. first off, i have NEVER heard of a pancreatic cyst before. secondly, i did research online and it says they mostly come from a bout of pancreatitis or some other disease i have never heard of, both of which i do NOT have. it says most of them are benign, but it also says they are uncommon.

    i was told its probably nothing and its very small, but i am still very worried as they are uncommon.,

    can anyone help put my mind at ease by sharing their stories or know anything about this? i have to wait until tues. to even have the scan done

    thanks in advance

    im 28 yrs old, female. not diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      Pancreatic cysts are diagnosed more often now than in the past, not because more people have them, but because today's improved imaging technology has made pancreatic cysts easier to find.

      In fact, many cysts in the pancreas are found during abdominal scans for other problems, such as yours was.

      The good news is that most pancreatic cysts aren't cancerous.

      Your doctor will probably want to take a sample of the fluid in the cyst to determine whether or not it is indeed benign.

      The good news is that most pancreatic cysts aren't technically cysts at all.

      Called pseudocysts, these pockets of digestive fluids aren't lined with the type of cells found in true cysts.

      Instead, a pseudocyst's walls may include cells normally found in other abdominal organs, such as the stomach, intestines and the pancreas itself.

      Pseudocysts are not at all cancerous!

      I don't know if any of this information will help you, since you have already done research on your own, but I wanted you to know that pancreatic cysts are not as uncommon - or rare - as you thought they were.

      I wish you the best and hope that you only have the Pseudocysts!!

      Good Luck! =)

  23. QUESTION:
    cyst on pancreas? please help!?
    my liver enzymes were elevated, so as a precaution i had an abdominal ultrasound to make sure it was functioning correctly.well, they found during the US that I have a small 2 cm cyst on my pancreas.

    i have to go for a CT scan and bloodwork to make sure its functioning correctly. i am so scared. first off, i have NEVER heard of a pancreatic cyst before. secondly, i did research online and it says they mostly come from a bout of pancreatitis or some other disease i have never heard of, both of which i do NOT have. it says most of them are benign, but it also says they are uncommon.

    i was told its probably nothing and its very small, but i am still very worried as they are uncommon.,

    can anyone help put my mind at ease by sharing their stories or know anything about this? i have to wait until tues. to even have the scan done

    thanks in advance

    im 28 yrs old, female. not diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there,

      I am the wife of a husband who had pancreatitis for 2yrs before it was diagnosed. It was a very long time for him as it was very painful. In the end he ended up with a huge cyst on his pancreas which they operated on and which is completely gone now along with a good portion of his pancreas. We think his pancreatitis came from a gall stone that inflammed his pancreas and caused this cyst. In any case he is doing really well although because of the op he is now a diabetic. Anything is better than the pain he endured with the pancreatitis. He has put on weight and is doing great. They did test him for cancer also but he was fine. I hope you are too.

      Good luck with your results.

      Krzy k1w1

  24. QUESTION:
    anyone ever had a cyst on the pancreas?
    my liver enzymes were elevated, so as a precaution i had an abdominal ultrasound to make sure it was functioning correctly.well, they found during the US that I have a small 2 cm cyst on my pancreas.

    i have to go for a CT scan and bloodwork to make sure its functioning correctly. i am so scared. first off, i have NEVER heard of a pancreatic cyst before. secondly, i did research online and it says they mostly come from a bout of pancreatitis or some other disease i have never heard of, both of which i do NOT have. it says most of them are benign, but it also says they are uncommon.

    i was told its probably nothing and its very small, but i am still very worried as they are uncommon.,

    can anyone help put my mind at ease by sharing their stories or know anything about this? i have to wait until tues. to even have the scan done

    thanks in advance

    im 28 yrs old, female. not diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      hi, i probably have more questions than ansewrs for you.first off, have you had your gall bladder removed?? if not, i will hazard a guess that this cyst is a result of a backup of pressures in the biliary system (thats your liver, gall bladder and pancreas). this is evidenced by the elevation in your liver enzymes. these cysts can resolver on their own if they are small enough. your main concern though is why do you have the cyst? well, the cat scan will show its size, and if there is any abnormal tissue around the cyst. you dont say you have pain, and that is a good thing too. unfortunately time is your enemy in that you have to wait for more information until you can narrow down your questions. so go to the doctor, and then you can write me, or i also have a webgroup dedicated to the pancreas. im at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/sphincterofoddi_pancreatitis
      you may want to join and learn more about the liver and pancreas while they narrow down why this is occuring.certainly, if you had your gall bladder out, this may be a complication of it-called post cholecystectomy syndrome.so good luck for now. you can email me-i will get it although my addy isnt public.otherwise, try and join my group, i think its a great place.;)michele

  25. QUESTION:
    Question about kidneys and benign cyst?
    I recently had an ultrasound of my liver and all was fine with that. But my doc told me that I have a benign cyst in my kidney and that it would not require any further treatment and there was nothing to worry about. Well, over the past two days I have been having some slight pain in my back where my kidneys are. But I don't want to panic. I have been drinking a lot of water and this is a big change from how little water I used to drink. Could my kidneys just be overworked? Should I be concerned and schedule an appointment with her?

    • ANSWER: