A hyperechoic liver lesion is a region on that liver that shows up on an ultrasound. This can be the result of a number of different conditions, some benign and some malignant.Continue Reading
Among the most common cause of a hyperechoic liver lesion and one of the benign conditions is a hepatic hemangioma. This is the most common type of benign tumor of the liver and the most prevalent type of liver tumor overall. The causes of are thought to be congenital, meaning a patient is born with it. According to the Mayo Clinic, a hepatic hemangiona usually is asymptomatic and does not require any treatment. However, if the tumor grows large enough and causes obstruction with other organs in the abdomen, treatment options include surgery to remove the tumor and procedures to stop blood flow to the tumor so it shrinks.
Other benign conditions that may be the result of a hyperechoic liver lesion include a hepatic adenoma, focal fatty change, and an inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver, according to Radiopaedia.org. Malignant conditions that may result in a hyperechoic liver lesion include hepatic metastases and hepatocellular carcinoma, the latter common in livers that have been diagnosed with cirrhosis. Both of these conditions are serious and require immediate treatment and intervention, according to the National Cancer Institute.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases
An increased echogenicity across the liver refers to an increase in the level of sound waves bouncing back from the liver during an ultrasound of the region, according to Cleveland Clinic. Another term for increased echogenicity of the liver is "bright liver," referring to the brighter appearance of the liver on the ultrasound scan. This finding might indicate the presence of fatty liver disease or another problem.Full Answer >
Echogenicity of the liver refers to the density of the organ towards sound waves from an ultrasound, as confirmed by The Everett Clinic. An echogenic liver is more dense than usual and often signals excess fat.Full Answer >
A hypodense mass or lesion is part of the findings of a radiology scan, such as a computerized tomography, or CT, scan, usually in area of the liver or pancreas. During a CT scan, this area will light up, but the finding of a hypodense mass does not necessarily indicate tumors or cancerous lesions. Instead, it means that the color of the scan had changed to indicate the presence of some type of mass.Full Answer >
A CT liver scan should be repeated every three months if there are visible lesions that are not going to be operated on, or if there is an AFP elevated level without a lesion, according to the World Journal of Gastroenterology. For a more specific recommendation, patients should speak with their doctor because the need for repeated CT scans depends on the size of the lesion, the treatment chosen for the mass and the cause of the lesion.Full Answer >