Is MRI always requested for liver lesions (UK NHS)?

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Hi,

As above, I had an abomindal ultrasound after various problems, mostly upper stomach pain. Was convinced was gallbladder related but apparently it's fine. A lesion was spotted on my liver & I've a liver MRI with gadolium booked for next wk. Not sure whether MRI is standard or if it relates to the size of the lesion or other criteria? Unfortunately I didn't think to ask if it's standard practice when my GP called me to advise.

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    Why don't you just telephone your GP and ask the question?  It is a reasonable one to ask.

    Good luck.

     

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    An MRI can distinguish between lesions, cysts and tumours, so this is the best way to check for/hopefully rule out, that the lesions are not a cancerous tumour without having to have a liver biopsy.
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    thanks both,

    I just wondered if they felt it needed more review due to size or presentation. I have had an improvement in my initial symptoms but am reluctant to call drs as feel like i have been there constantly.. will be getting a loyalty card soon.  I guess it's only a few days away & I will be sure to ask questions 

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    Have the docs checked for Fibrolamellar another type of HCC more common in younger people with no pre history of liver disease. My guess is they are trying to avoid a needle biopsy because of the risk of seeding a cancer tumour.
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    thanks Bolly, I've been told very little, was simply called by my GP and told radiologist wanted to investigate a sighting on my liver - will be armed with questions tomorrow, although I guess they might need to wait for results.. 
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    Both me and my Grandma have lesions on our livers (and I have cirrhosis of the liver) and we were both sent for MRI's and scans, and my Grandma was also sent for a 3D scan, so I believe it is standard practice.

    Best of luck! xxx

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    Thanks Angel.

    Still waiting for MRI results. Was in terrible pain, upper stomach & back ache before my holiday. Had a great time & managed to forget about it mostly. Returned home with an ear infection from swimming, however it became quite severe. A cold followed it which reached my chest. No sign of it leaving my glands are up & down. Had to take couple of days sick from work which I really hate.

    Before all this I ate healthily & excersised 5 or 6 days a wk even through illnesses. I tried getting back to my routine but ended up more sick. Feeling quite low about as haven't felt myself in so long. Hopefully I have just been unlucky but starting to wonder if it's all connected to whatever has been seen on my liver. Hurry up results!!

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    sounds like your immune system has taken a nosedive for some reason. Not sure a "lesion" would cause so much pain and stomach problems. Have the docs done a full blood count etc to try and diagnose the symptoms that took you to them in the first place before the MRI. There is clearly something going on and I would guess the liver "Thing" is just part of it,
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    Hi, yes my bloods were taken about six weeks ago, i didn't get full results, just told there was no problems.

    I seem to finally be getting over this cold/cough, it's still lingering & I have the same old arm pain in right hand-side but i can feel it lifting. Maybe i've just been unlucky. I know i shouldn't grumble as it's trifling problems, but I so want to feel like my old self.

    I have been keeping a diary for last 3 months as have had little confidence in my GP. I have a private gastro apmnt tomorrow, just a consultation but perhaps he may take an interest in what's been going on. The apmnt was made before the liver growth was found so not sure what to expect....

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    So GP called to give me my results.. Said i had a haemangioma (explained it was totally benign, a tangle of blood vessels) and also an adenoma. He said I'd need to talk to the specialist about the adenoma as he rarely sees them. I said i was relieved it was nothing sinister and he agreed. Called my husband & friend to say, phew it's all ok.

    Later I had to collect a copy of the report to take to my private gastro. Now I feel worried again!! The report actually says there are multiple lesions, 3 notable. Various cysts, one 4cm, one haemangioma. The third is 'mostly likely an adenoma' is 4.8 cm involving the gall bladder bed and is 'mostly likely' an adenoma, with discussion required.

    I don't feel so assured now!! If anyone has dealt with anything similar I'd be v grateful of input. Perhaps I am just most shocked at there being multiple lesions.. The waiting game is just the worst.

     

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