Liver Masses or Cysts in Denver, CO
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What are liver masses or cysts?
Liver masses or cysts present as fluid-filled sacs that can appear on the liver. While they usually aren’t cancerous and stay benign, a small percentage of them become cancerous. There are three types of liver masses that can be diagnosed. These masses include:
Hemangiomas: These types of masses are the most common and are masses of abnormal blood vessels. Females are more likely than males to develop these. They generally don’t need treatment and produce no symptoms. If any symptoms are present, it is because of the size and/or proximity to other organs. Surgical intervention may be needed in those instances.
Focal Nodular Hyperplasias: These tumors very rarely need treatment, as they are like other forms of benign liver masses. Usually, they are discovered during imaging tests for other conditions. It is rare, but if they are large or causing pain, surgery to remove them may be recommended.
Hepatocellular Adenomas: These are less common benign masses that develop on the liver. Their occurrence has been linked to oral contraceptive use with higher doses of estrogen. Because these tumors often grow in women who take hormone pills, doctors may advise discontinuing use to prevent growth. If the tumor doesn’t shrink, surgery may be needed.
The team at Colorado Gastroenterology will expertly evaluate your liver mass to ensure that it doesn’t develop into a bigger problem. Schedule an appointment in our Denver, CO office today to get started.
What are the symptoms or causes of liver masses or cysts?
A liver cyst or mass can have the ability to go undetected for years until it becomes enlarged and causes pain. Some symptoms that you have a liver mass or cysts may include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Pain in the upper right section of the stomach
- Sharp and sudden pain in your stomach
If you experience unbearable pain, it is important to contact our GI specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology in Denver, CO. We will determine what treatment is best for you and help you get relief from your pain.
How are liver masses or cysts treated?
While liver masses usually resolve on their own, in some instances, you can experience pain when they reach a point where they have grown enough to cause pain. When you schedule an appointment with our GI specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology, we will scan the area to see how large the cysts are. Then, we may perform a liver biopsy to check if the mass is cancerous.
If a cyst is small, it will be monitored over time to check on its size and location. In the case that a cyst is extremely large and painful, we may schedule a surgery to have it removed. In the event that your cyst develops into polycystic liver disease (development of multiple cysts in the liver), surgery may be needed. Learn more about your mass by scheduling an appointment with our team.
Treatment for your masses
Liver masses or cysts are GI issues that need to be addressed before they turn into larger issues. To schedule an appointment with the team at Colorado Gastroenterology, contact our office in Denver, CO. We will perform scans and help you alleviate any pain you may be experiencing.
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