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Digestive Disorders

Liver cysts

04/09/2008

Question:

Hello! I am a female who has 2 liver cysts. One is 7 cm in size and the other is 5 cm. I have pain on my right side. It doesn`t really go away. The doctor said I could have an ultrasound next year to determine if they are growing in size. I had an ultrasound in 2004 and the one that is 7 cm was 3 cms. Is there anyway to get rid of it? And how can I be sure they are not dangerous? Thanks!

Answer:

The usual way liver cysts are removed, if it is recommended, is through surgery. The way to tell if the cysts are "dangerous" would be to biopsy them or take a sample of the fluid from the cysts and analyze it.

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Response by:

Julia Gore Thornton, MD Julia Gore Thornton, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University