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Old 04-20-2011, 01:42 PM
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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How common is it for Hemangioma's to form in a liver? A year ago they found a Hemangioma on my liver, confirmed with a MRI/contrast. Now a year later they see two lesions, they assume they are Hemangioma's but running another MRI/contrast. How common is it for them to multiply?

When I was pregnant and had stomach pain they scanned all organs and never saw a Hemangioma, so it seems like they are growing in the past 3 years. From what I have read you are born with them, but mine didn't show up until recently.
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:42 PM
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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Apparently nobody knows. I did a google search and couldnt find much that applied to my situation. I have my MRI today and freaking out because the tech wanted my previous films so the radiologist could compare growth. I called my doctors office and they told me they will call me in the middle of next week with the results.

If hemangiomas are harmless why are they watching them so close? Why didn't the hemangimoas show up 3 years ago and why did another one pop up within a year since we are supposed to be born with them and they don't show up just anytime.

I'll find out next week, my doctor told me not to worry but I am really worried and something doesn't seem right.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:25 PM
Location: In a house
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It's just a buildup of blood vessels. I have one on my nose. By themselves, they're harmless. But they could build up thick enough to add pressure to the liver, they can swell and push against a nerve, causing pain, one of the blood vessels could burst causing bruising, they could result in an enlarged liver, cause nausea. A variety of things could happen. Or nothing could happen. That's why they're watching them closely. Usually, nothing happens. They're being cautious, and that's a good thing.

They are often called tumors, but they are not malignant, and don't ever turn into cancer. They're not pre-cancer. Tumor is simply what they're often called, so if you hear them use that word, no need for alarm. They can form at any time, often for no particular reason though female hormones are believed to have some role, in some cases, in contributing to their formation.

Really big ones can pose a risk if they rupture but if you've never had any actual symptoms, then they're probably too small to cause any and don't pose any threat at all.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Location: state of procrastination
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Hemangiomas are very common, and they can definitely grow in adulthood. If you have any other condition predisposing to liver cancer (i.e. cirrhosis, hepatitis) it is possible that a liver cancer can mimick a hemangioma. But this is very rare... don't even think about it unless you have liver cirrhosis. they are probably being careful which is good.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:31 AM
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I have a hemangioma on my liver, and my pain is in my mid/lower back and feels deep within the muscle. I've seen a liver specialist about having it removed but the surgery is a major, major one and the Dr. eluded to continuing taking a half of a Percocet daily for the pain versus surgery is the preferred method.
Anyone out there have this kind of pain related to a hemanogioa?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:13 PM
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Default Liver Hemangioma

6 months ago I had to go in for a CT Scan and that is when they found my liver hemangioma. I went to see a liver specialist and I will be getting it removed because of the pain. My liver hemangioma is 20 inches (58cm) and they have to remove the right side of my liver. My Dr said it has been there for a few years. I just got another CT Scan to see if it had grown any. I'll find those results next week. My pain is in the mid back area also.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:47 PM
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Cool Liver Hemangioma

I have had pain in the Upper right Quadrant for 2 years and although I have had numerous tests a cause had eluded the doctors.
On a CT 2 years ago a wedge shaped area in the liver was noted but no further investigations picked up what it was. ( They also found some suspicious lumps in my lower abdomen which have been removed surgically)
My pain is getting really bad with Chronic 24/7 pain and bouts of sharp stabbing pain all in the same area.
I can put my finger on the exact spot but still doctors were baffled. When the doctors press on this spot it causes bad pain which takes many hours to settle back to its chronic state
I am nauseous a lot, no appetite, constant pain in the RUQ and through to the back and at times close to vomiting.
Sitting for more than 10 mins on an upright chair causes discomfort and lying in bed on the right side also causes problems.
2 weeks ago I was so bad that I went and saw another doctor who arranged another CT with Dye and it has shown a Hemangioma in the Liver in the same area as the wedge shaped area noted 2 years ago.
To add to the problem I have been on HRT for 35years having had a Total hysterectomy at age 29.
Obviously this has put up a very red flag to my doctors and i have now been referred to a Surgeon as soon as possible.
Pain is getting bad and almost called an Ambulance twice in recent weeks, only reason I haven't gone to hospital is because I have a very ill husband and I am trying to hold off until he recovers a bit. will update when I get to see surgeon.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:00 PM
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Wow! I cannot believe the experiences on this forum. I had a hemangioma on my liver 10cm in size. The symptoms were severe... loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, back pain. I finally went to a liver surgeon in San Diego and in 2007 I had 3/4ths of my liver removed. It was a VERY invasive procedure and they took my gallbladder too (didn't even know, the doctor never told me so I found out two years later). The symptoms caused by the hemangioma were gone but unfortunately my hormones have been out of wack for awhile now and my digestive track is hit and miss all the time. So it's 2013 and I went for a physical. My doctor sent me for an ultra sound and sure enough another hemangioma!!! This one is small (for now) 2cm... but I am so scared to know if it will grow and cause the pain. I hear that estrogen is the culprit but what is my alternative? I am seriously thinking of a full hysterectomy to flatline my hormonal state....not sure if that is any better or worse? I'm just floored that another one returned after surgery. I haven't been on any estrogen supplements or birth control to trigger it. My other concern are my daughters... is this genetic? Any good California doctors I am open to.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:25 PM
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I Am A 45 Year old Woman That Was Diagnosed 15 Years Ago With Focal Modular Hyperplasia And Multiple Henagenomas Of The Liver. Recently I Went For An Ultrasound For Abdominal Pain And The Report Came Back That I Have A Gallbladder Stone That Needs To Be Removed. The Ultrasound Also Showed Two New Lessons And That Some Of The Existing Ones Have Enlarged. I Now Have 14 Lessons IN total. I Don't Know Why I Have So Many, What It Means Or What To Do....Scared!
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:00 PM
Location: New Zealand
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Hi everyone. I know this post is a few years old now but Cupcake77, you had the exact same thing as what I'm currently experiencing. It would be great to hear your update if you have one and how you're feeling now? I hope everything went smoothly for you.
3 years ago, I was suffering with upper-right quadrant pain (not too severe) but had a scan as the doctors suspected gallstones. There were no stones but they found a liver hemangioma which they told me wasn't the cause of my pain. The pain eased and I carried on with life. 3 years on, 2 weeks ago, I ended up in hospital for 5 days with severe pain similar to the pain 3 years ago but a lot more severe including shooting into my back and right shoulder blade. Again, gallstones were suspected so I had another ultrasound. What a surprise, no stones, but another liver hemangioma has formed, meaning I now have two total. I am still in a lot of pain, awaiting an MRI and further investigations into why the hemangioma's are there. Not scared but more very curious as to why another has formed in such a short amount of time? Any body else out there with a similar experience and could shed some light?
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