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

What does "variable bowel activity within the limits of physiologic" mean?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2002
Answered : 2565 Questions
I was recently diagnosed with follicular lymphoma. I then had a PET scan done. What does following The Final Radology Report indicate: Abdomen: No abnormal activity is identified within the abdomen. No abdominal or retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy is identified. Normal bilateral renal collecting system activity is present. There is "variable bowel activity which is within the limits of physiologic."
Posted Sat, 22 Feb 2014 in Cancer
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 3 hours later
Brief Answer: Report Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for sending the question. Regarding the report the bilateral renal collecting system activity indicates that your kidneys are functioning normally and excreting urine properly to the bladder. This is evident on a PET scan because the radioactive sugar is processed through the kidneys and excreted through the bladder. Generally follicular lymphoma does not light up on a PET scan very well because the lymphoma cells are not dividing rapidly compared to more aggressive lymphomas.. Usually we use regular CT scans with intravenous and oral contrast but for your Drs. it was important for them to request the PET scan to get a general baseline stage of how things look related to your lymph nodes. The variable bowel activity indicates that there was no suspicious activity within the lymph nodes that surround the intestines. I suspect your physician may discuss the possibility of treating you or observing you for a period of time prior to advancing with treatment. There have been many exciting developments in the field of lymphoma and this is becoming disease entity which is very treatable. Thanks again for sending your question. Dr. G
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Oncologist

© 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