Can anyone tell me what Heterogeneity of the liver is?

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   Posted 1/28/2011 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am not sure if I am in the correct forum but I have a question to post. My wife has had some mild discomfort in her right side - she went to the Doctor and he ordered an ultrasound of her gallbladder. The test came back as "mild heterogeneity of the liver". She is scheduled to see a gastro doctor next week for further evaluation. In the meantime we are very concerned. We have done web search of this without much luck. Can anyone explain what this means?
Thank you very much.

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   Posted 2/1/2011 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Heterogeneity means a lack of uniformity. Normally an organ will appear uniform in appearance when examined by ultrasound or scan. The liver has different lobes and they are not all strictly uniform in appearance.

There are so many factors and conditions relating to this that it would be merely guesswork as to possible underlying causes. A gI is really the best place to start for evaluation. I'm glad to know that she is getting in soon. Waiting can be such an anxiety filled time.
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   Posted 8/4/2012 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have a heterogeneous liver I recently found out. Did you wife ever find the cause?
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