Ultrasound in the assessment of hepatomegaly: a simple technique to determine an enlarged liver using reliable and valid measurements

Childs, Jessie T., Esterman, Adrian J., Thoirs, Kerry A., and Turner, Richard C. (2016) Ultrasound in the assessment of hepatomegaly: a simple technique to determine an enlarged liver using reliable and valid measurements. Sonography, 3 (2). pp. 47-52.

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Abstract

Introduction: Knowledge of the size of the liver is an important factor in diagnosing liver disease. Hepatomegaly is a term used to describe a liver that is enlarged beyond its normal dimensions, and ultrasound is often a front line investigation in the suspicion of hepatomegaly. This study sought to develop a reference range for the size of the normal liver using a simple, reliable and valid measurement technique.

Methods: Two ultrasound images of the liver and a blood test were taken from 126 participants. Three simple linear measurements were taken from these two images and converted to a liver volume using a published equation.

Results: The reference range for liver volume in adults without liver pathology was found to be 1060–2223 cm3.

Conclusion: This new measurement technique and reference range is simple and easy to perform in the clinical environment. It has the potential to discriminate a liver normal in size to one with hepatomegaly.

Item ID: 46231
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: liver, sonography, hepatomegaly
ISSN: 2054-6750
Funders: Australian Sonographers Association
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2016 02:23
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110307 Gastroenterology and Hepatology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods @ 100%
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