Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 18:21:40 -0400
From: "Susan Jackson" <suejacks@...
Subject: Liver Explanation Help!
I went to the docs today and he had my report. If someone can explain, I
would appreciate it.
Abdomen is soft and non tender. (Good and just clarifies there are no
abnormalities, such as a tumor, or intestinal problem. It should have
also said something like, positive bowel sounds, no tenderness, guarding
or mass, no rebound, in all quadrants-meaning if you divided the abdomen
into 4 sections, it would then state what, if any abnormality was heard,
felt or seen).
The liver edge is palpable 3.0 cm below
the right costal margin with quite a prominent Ridel's lobe. (The liver
is felt in the "upper right quadrant", which would be the area on your
right side, under your ribs, and is usually measured in "finger
breaths", or how many fingers could be placed from the lower edge of the
liver to your lower rib. Normal is usually around 2-3.)
It was firm and somewhat tender but not pulsatile. (Firm is normal, and
the tenderness usually comes from any liver enlargement, or, if there
were a "mass" it would push up, or displace where the liver is expected
to be felt. The "not pulsatile" is referring to any abnormal blood
vessels either coming from, over or under the liver area.)
I also felt the spleen tip approx.5.0 cm below the left costal margin.
(This just refers to the fact your spleen is able to be felt, and
appears to be in the correct location and size, that is expected. If
someone has fluid in the abdomen, a mass, or abnormality, was obese,
etc., it may be hard to feel these areas, as well as to identify the
names given to certain locations in the body, and more specifically,
parts of different organs.)
I also have esophageal varices.
My next stop is a hematologist. There is also 4 pages of blood work, too
much to list here.
Hope this helps. Marty