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I recently had an ultrasound and the results noted that I have fibrous & fatty tissue on my liver.
Dear Dr. Chung,
I recently had an ultrasound and the results noted that I have fibrous & fatty tissue on my liver.
I was diagnosed with Chronic Hep C. in 1995 I guess and we suspect it was from a blood transfusion I received at a military hospital in 1983. I had become very sick a few weeks after the transfusion & was sick for 6 months with chronic anemia & a host of other problems that were never really diagnosed.
The Dr. ran blood work last week, but my liver function tests are not back yet. They have always been normal in the past. I know that I am overweight which explains the fat on my liver. But the fibrous tissue note was what I had questions about.
Is the presence of fibrous tissue of any significance? Should I be seeing a specialist? I have only been going to a regular Family practice Dr.
I have many other symptoms like fatigue, nausea, joint aches & pains, pain in the upper right quadrant which is actually spreading to include the area under my sternum, itching on my palms of my hands, sometimes my palms are very red, dry skin, dry eyes, sometimes light yellow or green loose stools, sometimes normal, excessive gas sometimes. The worst of these being the pain in my abdomen & the joint pain. Of late the nausea is becoming a real pain.
I just don't know if I should be even worried about anything & just treat my symptoms since it seems that Hep C is such a long term problem. Please give me your thoughts.
  Dr Chung Writes-  
The only reliable way of interpreting the ultrasound result is to do a liver biopsy, as we really can't make firm diagnoses based on ultrasound only. this will give you much more definitive information about how much damage there is in the liver.
  Dr. Chung      
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