Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
180 Doctors are Online

MRI shows excess iron in liver but lab work shows normal liver. Meaning?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2000
Answered : 1524 Questions
What does it mean when one Doctor does an MRI and tells you you have too much iron in your liver, and a week later another doctor does lab work and tells you your liver is normal?
Posted Tue, 27 Aug 2013 in Liver and Gall Bladder
Answered by Dr. Amit Jain 5 days later
Hello! Thanks for putting your query in XXXXXXX I am a Gastroenterologist (DM).

You haven't mentioned any symptoms you are having? Why MRI was done? What were lab tests and what was there report?

Latest MRI are sensitive for iron overload in liver. There are few conditions in which iron is found to be increase in liver like hemochromatosis, chronic liver disease and some congenital disease. Sometimes in hemochromatosis other liver function tests may be normal if picked up early like in you by MRI. So I will advise you to get your iron studies done like serum ferritin, TIBC, Transferrin saturation and other liver function tests (if not done). If iron load is identified the HFE analysis is required. So I will like you to visit a Gastroenterologist who will examine you and advise further.

I hope I have answered your query and this will help you. Remain in touch and get-well soon.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Gastroenterologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor