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I have an 80 year old man said to have intraabdominal malignancy with hepatic metastases. What is this?

After imaging he was told it was intraabdominal malignancy with hepatic metastases but no ascites. I wonder what is this. The patient had been feeling dizzy and swolen legs sometimes. It is said it has to do with the liver. Is this a cancer or what?
What happens from now on in treatment and his health?

Yes it is cancer, but it is not liver cancer. Intraabdominal means within the abdomen, so he has cancer within the abdomen that has spread to his liver without any surrounding fluid build up.

The next steps would be to do a biopsy to determine the primary site, run some tumor marker tests and do other radiographic exams to determine if there are any other metastatic sites.

When this is complete then the doctors will be able to discuss treatment options and prognosis. It is not possible to answer those questions without knowing what kind of cancer he has.  (+ info)

Does anyone know the dangers of a hepatic adenoma during pregnancy?

I am 25 weeks and have a hepatic adenoma. It is the size of a golf ball. Everything I read says that there is risk of rupture in the third trimester. Anyone know of this?

Hepatobiliary disease, although rare, may present during pregnancy with potential complications for mother and fetus. We present two cases of choledochal cysts and one case of a hepatic adenoma diagnosed in gravid patients. All three patients had acute events or failed medical management and were successfully treated with open resection, excision, or reconstruction during the second or third trimesters of pregnancy without requiring blood transfusions or tocolytic therapy. Although conservative treatment may be indicated in select patients due to the risk of underlying disease, we recommend surgical treatment preferably in the second trimester. With diligent intra- and postoperative management, pregnant patients can safely proceed with major hepatobiliary surgery  (+ info)

I have minor hepatic enlargement and borderline spleen enlargement, what does this mean?

would this mean Leuckemia or something like that?

is spleen enlargement dangerous?

is hepatic enlargement dangerous?

Spleen and liver enlargement are both signs of various diseases, some serious and some not. You should have some blood tests. Also, you might not have anything wrong at all.  (+ info)

Which of the following is not true of hepatic portal condition?

1.It collects blood from digestive organs and sends that blood to the liver.
2. The blood in the liver from the hepatic portal system has already passed through one set of capilaries.
3. It is important in maintaining blood homeostasis.
4.All of the above

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what is hepatic encephalopathy and is it bad?

My dad come home today and told me he got hepatic encephalopathy. I don't have a clue what that is, so can someone please tell me!!!!

You should ask your dad and see what the doctor told him. Hepatic encephalopathy is one of the symptoms of end stage liver disease. ESLD can be caused by several things, most commonly from alcoholism and/ or viral hepatitis infection like hepatitis C or B. Basically, after the liver becomes damaged over a period of time, it fails to do one of it's jobs; mainly filtering toxins out of the blood. These toxins (which are waste products from the food we eat) build up in the blood stream and cause high ammonia levels in the blood. This ammonia affects the brain's ability to think clearly. This can be treated temporarily with laxatives like lactulose which helps the body to get rid of some of these toxins. Eating a lower protein diet can help decrease some of the symptoms. Hope this helps.  (+ info)

what happens if you have hepatic encephalopathy and do not have a liver transplant?

A friend is in the ICU for the third time in the last 2 months on dialysis 24/7 and is not a candidate for transplant (open wound) Anyone know what happens without a transplant?

It really depends on how bad it is. But, eventually, if your friend doesn't get one, he'll die.  (+ info)

What is hepatic flexure from a colonoscopy mean?

I have crohn's colitis with granulomous. I'm trying to understand this disease. So I have many questions that I would like to ask but I'll start with this one.

The colon consists of the ascending colon, the transverse colon and the descending colon. Think of its shape as an upside-down staple or horseshoe.

The bend in the colon that transitions from the ascending colon to the transverse colon is called the hepatic flexure. Flexure means 'bend' and hepatic ('liver') because it is near the liver on the right side of the body.

The transition from the transverse colon to the descending colon is called the 'splenic flexure' because it 'bends' and is near the spleen on the left side of the body.

Best wishes and good luck.  (+ info)

Explain why it is important to check the person’s hepatic and renal function before commencing drug therapy?

for hypertension.

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How different is the composition of blood in Hepatic artery and Hepatic Vien?

Not Artery Hepatic Artery and Hepatic Vein

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Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 treated by decreasing hepatic gluconeogenesis?

If there is a drug that decreases hepatic gluconeogenesis, would it only help with patients with Diabetes Type 2? Or would it also help with paients with Type 1 diabetes? If so or so not, can you explain how? I know Type 2 can be helped with this, but I'm not sure about Type 1. Thanks

If a type 1 suffers from 'dawn phenomenon' It just might help. Your liver dumps glucose into your body in the morning so you have energy to 'hunt' for food. In type 1's, there is no insulin to metabolize the blood sugars.

I don't believe that any doctor would prescribe this type of treatment. I am not sue if there is a drug that will be short acting enough to prevent causing problems.

Of course, I am not a doctor.  (+ info)

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