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Hair loss, headaches, low WBC, large thyroid, low granulocytes and elevated liver enzymes. Scheduled for abdominal ultrasound. Reason?

My 20 yr old daughter has low white cell count, low granulocytes and elevated liver enzyme. She is scheduled for an abdominal ultrasound tomorrow and a visit with a hematologist/oncologist Mon morn. What might they be looking for on the ultrasound? She became sick with high fever, severe headaches and body aches and has a lump behind 1 ear. She also has a large thyroid and has had significant hair loss in last 3 months. She studied abroad in Japan from March - July.
Asked On : Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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Hi!
welcome to HCM!
Abdominal ultrasound can be used to diagnose abnormalities in various internal organs, such as the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and abdominal aorta. If Doppler imaging is added, the blood flow inside blood vessels can be evaluated as well .
Since your daughter is having deranged liver function tests, ultrasound may show increased liver size , increased reflectiveness (which might, for example, indicate cholestasis), gallbladder or bile duct diseases, or a tumor in the liver.
Low TLC can be due to hemotological problem or due to some viral infection as u said your daughter had fever,headache,lymph node.Go for the USG things will clarify.
hope this will help !
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