Our liver is a three pound organ found in the upper right portion of our abdominal cavity. This dark reddish-brown, cone-shaped organ can be found underneath our diaphragm and on top of our stomach, intestines, and right kidney. At any given time, our liver has approximately 13 percent of our blood flowing through its two main lobes; each lobe is further divided into eight different segments, which can be even further divided into 1,000 small lobules.
These lobules are connected to small ducts which flow into larger ones, eventually forming the common hepatic duct. This duct provides our gallbladder and duodenum (the first area of the small intestine) through our common bile duct with bile made by our liver cells.
There are several conditions, both benign and malignant, that could befall our liver. One such condition is known as a cyst.
Cysts are usually characterized by being fluid-filled, thin-walled structures. When they develop in the liver, they usually appear alone, though they sometimes manifest in groups. While the underlying cause of liver cysts is usually unknown, they’re sometimes present from birth.
About 5% of the population has cysts in their livers; of that number, only about 5% develop symptoms. It is these individuals who should be treated for the condition. The Cleveland Clinic says that liver cysts cannot be treated just by draining them using a needle, because the cyst will simply become refilled over the next several days. Instead, the most efficient treatment route is to use a laparascope to remove a large chunk of the cyst’s wall. The procedure only needs between 2 and 3 small incisions, as well as an overnight stay at the hospital.
The Ezra abdominal, torso, and full-body scans may pick up liver cysts. If you’re interested in learning about our screening options and pricing plans, you may do so here.