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Old 09-13-2006, 02:02 PM
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Default liver hemangioma

Hello Corrine,

Thnak you for your statement in reply to Sondy. Your words have provided me with further information related to my concerns as stated in my reply to Sondy. My most pressing question is, "Should I be concerned?" In the ER, The most pressing issue is treating what the individual presents with. It was initially thought that I was presenting with a gallstone and was being preped for surgery when it was thought there should be an ultrasound performed to verify if the diagnosis was the case. Good thing, too! Imagaine having had the surgery. Of course, it couldn't be that simple anyway.... The first radiologist looked at the ultrasound and determined there was a "mass" which appeared to be a lession or abscess. He could not conclude and asked for a second consult after which a specialist did the ultrasound himself and said hew anted to look further at my liver. He suggested a triphasic liver CT Scan at which was found this condition and the bleeding. I am still experiencing pain. I will visit my GP to brief him on this and have him obtain copies of the reports. Any further advice? Thank you in advance.

Garry Wilson
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Originally Posted by nickbar View Post
Often the term hemangioma is used loosely to describe all vascular lesions, when in fact a true hemangioma is most likely not what you have. "Liver Hemangioma" is actually not a hemangioma, but should be referred to as a venous malformation. Most often they are not found in adults until over age 40 and often because something else was going on and the lesion just happened to be found...not because it had been the route of any problems. They are usually found by a routine ultrasound or CAT scan and present no symptoms to the patient. Sometimes patients will have stomach pain, vomiting, anemia or a low platelet count. The only significant risk ,which is very uncommon is that the lesion ruptures and bleeds...might be caused by trauma, (car accident) or pregnancy. These lesions are benign and require no therapy unless they are very large or pregnancy is likely. If there is a need to excised the lesion, it can be done safely by an experienced liver surgeon familiar with liver venous malformations. More often medical monitoring is recommeneded, follow up ultrasound and or CAT scan to track changes.

Let me know if you have anymore questions.

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