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Treated for Hashimotos. Given Humatrope. Ultrasound report showed Fatty liver seen. Meaning? What is Echogenic? Concerned?

I am being treated for Hashimotos. I have no IGf1 and only trace HGH either, so my Endocrinologist is giving me Humatrope. I also have high liver enzymes, so he sent me for abdominal CAT scan. The results of that said there was a small mass 'not' suspicious and to watch closely,f/u recommended. I then had an ultrasound and it read:fatty liver seen,Echogenic areas within the liver measuring 4.2 x1.8cm. The 'Impression' reads: Fatty liver seen.Echogenic mass vs. fatty tissue seen within liver,f/u is recommended. What does this actually mean? My endocrinologist told me that on the original CAT scan it showed I had an 'extra' piece of liver(thats how he interpreted it);the ultrasound was to see what is happening within that area/Should I be concerned?Why do they use the term Echogenic?

Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Echogenic means something that is generating echoes.
In your liver, there is this area which is more echogenic which means it is more whiter than the rest of liver.
An echogenic area if well defined, commonly is a hemangioms which is a benign lesion. Else it can be a fat containing lesion and less likely a problematic one.
I would suggest you to go for follow up ultrasound after 3 months to see if there is any change in size.

Hope this helps.
Dr. A. Rao Kavoor
Answered: Wed, 26 Jun 2013
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