Patient Comments: Hepatic Hemangioma - Symptoms


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Comment from: Aussie, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 11

I don't have any symptoms. I have multiple liver hemangiomas, and the largest is 5.5 cm in size. My hemangiomas were discovered on an abdominal ultrasound about a year ago. I went also on MRI to detect hemangiomas more precisely.

Comment from: Katie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was diagnosed with a liver hemangioma around a year ago at 33 years of age (female). I didn’t have hepatic hemangioma 5 years ago, so not sure why I do now. It was fine all year but it had started throbbing in rhythm with my heart beat and my iron levels are often low despite taking iron supplements regularly. I’m waiting for another ultrasound and liver function test but it makes me nervous. The throbbing is all day and night on the right side where my liver is. I haven’t heard of this symptom anywhere else.

Comment from: Dee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I was having pain on and off just below my right underarm. Things that I ate or drank seemed to affect it sometimes. The pains seemed to lengthen and occurred more often, I finally went to the doctor about it, and was diagnosed with hepatic hemangioma.

Comment from: ammf, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I had an ultrasound thinking it was gallstones. Instead I have a 1.4 cm circumscribed and avascular echogenic mass in the right hepatic lobe with sonographic features most suggestive of a hemangioma. Despite its small size I have continued dull pain on my right side, focused around the rib cage. The pain doesn't go away. I wonder if I should get an MRI.

Comment from: debbiedaisy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have a hepatic hemangioma on the right upper quadrant of my liver. It's 5.3 cm big, the size of an orange, and some cysts on liver and kidneys as well. I have pain that is worsening in my right rib cage and back and now spreads to right lower abdomen, so that I thought I was having an appendicitis attack. I also now am getting pains in my stomach, where it feels like a hard rock pressing into my stomach. I can't lie on my right side in bed, and now if I lie on my left side I can feel pressure into my stomach as well. I get pain after eating or drinking. It is seeming to get worse although I had a CT scan in February in the emergency room because I thought my appendix was going to burst and they assured me my appendix was fine but no reason for the lower right abdominal pain. I also have the condition of diverticulosis, but did not show to have diverticulitis, which is an infected pocket in the lower right colon. They thought I had a kidney stone that was trying to pass, where indeed I have one sitting in my right kidney that's 2 cm big, along with some kidney cysts, but the stone wasn't trying to pass, nor did urine show blood or any other infection. I'm at a loss as to what I should do now. I found an herb that's supposed to stop new blood vessels from forming and I'm considering that and going to research vitamin K3 as well. I'm hurting more and am scared of the surgery to remove the hemangioma.

Comment from: gerry , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

My symptoms of hepatic hemangioma are pain under right ribcage, severe discomfort and burping. This can go on for several weeks, then suddenly go. Pain killers do work, but I don’t fancy eating during these times. Back pain too is creeping around the waist. I have had MRI and it has revealed a mandarin size hemangioma. I have to get it out.

Comment from: Surfangel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have hemangiomas in my liver. I've had liver resection and 4 years later, embolization. At times my back hurts, and right side under the rib cage. Right shoulder always aches. When the sac around the liver stretches, it hurts! When I'm stressed, right side under the ribs hurts.

Comment from: Lucybelle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

As others have indicated, I too have great fullness, nausea and discomfort from hepatic hemangioma. It's difficult to get excited about eating a meal when I know that fullness and nausea will follow. The symptoms can last for several days, or several weeks, then disappear; though, always returning. I can even be nauseated by drinking a glass of water! I haven't found any one food or drink that may cause a symptom to occur. It's all very frustrating to live with this condition.

Comment from: Liver Lesion, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I have two hepatic hemangiomas on my liver and was told as well they don't cause pain. Well, they do. I have severe pain under my right rib, suffer from bloating, lack of appetite, weight loss, and nausea. There is great information on the net on the lesions and how real and debilitating they can be.


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Comment from: Stephanie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I think doctors are wrong! They say that hepatic hemangiomas do not cause pain. I'm going to tell you they do cause pain. I have pain in my right side where the liver is located, get nausea and bloating all the time. It has gotten so bad I can hardly eat.

Comment from: Sherry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I have been having pain and an 'annoying' sensation in my upper right abdominal and rib cage area. Last December I was treated in the emergency room for gastritis. An ultrasound indicated an echogenic mass which was probably a fatty infiltration on my liver. Last week (11 months later) I had an MRI with/without contrast which showed a 1 cm hepatic hemangioma. My doctor states that could not be causing my pain as it is too small. Well, it's my body and I feel a strange sensation in my rib cage and my back hurts and goes into spasms. I hate taking any pain medications, as I am a nurse and can be drug tested at any time. I am trying my TENS unit and hot/cold therapies to see if I get any relief.

Comment from: Polly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had severe upper abdominal pain which I was told was a stomach ulcer. I could feel a small lump in the same area which I was told was fat. I received medication for the ulcer for 7 months. But the pain returned, so I was sent for an ultrasound scan which revealed a 2.5 cm hemangioma on my liver. I was in pain for about 2 months and extremely fatigued with weight loss before being prescribed PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), again as the doctor said that the hemangioma would not cause the pain. I have been referred for a MRI on my liver.

Comment from: charlie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

I had no symptoms whatever. I had an ultra sound scanning as a matter of a check-up following some bowel disturbance and the scanning disclosed a hepatic hemangioma. My doctor assured me that it was no problem and no treatment was necessary.

Comment from: Ideal, Female (Patient) Published: September 25

My hemangioma was discovered while doing an ultrasound scan for my urinary tract infections (UTIs) and pain in the lower left abdomen. After so many years of checking on why I am susceptible to UTIs, I am realizing that the bleeding from the hemangioma is causing it when I don't drink enough water to flush the proteins. My doctor did not connect the blood in the urine to this. He sent me to at least two urologists to see whether there was a reason for bleeding and there were none. I am the one who brought this connection to the attention of my doctor. This has taken over 5 years. Anyway, I just went for another ultrasound to monitor its growth. I saw a naturopath who encouraged me to drink at least a gallon of water each day, 6 tall glasses of water. What a difference that makes to all aches and pains! I also take cranberry pills if the UTIs pop up. I am staying away from pharmaceuticals. I'm 58 years old. I hope this gives useful information to others.

Comment from: suzzy Q, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I just had an ultrasound that just showed these things on my liver and 2 are small and 1 is very large; I am very upset and scared. Liver Cancer is my 1st thought and then I get even more scared. I thought it was my gallbladder and had bad gas but it is not. Three years ago I had a full hysterectomy and I am seeing that estrogen therapy could be a cause. Now I have had dizziness and abdominal pain and feel horrible maybe just physiological.

Comment from: AngiWallace, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I went to the ER for nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. I have these bouts quite frequently with no apparent cause. CT w/o contrast was done and identified multiple hypodense lesions as well as a 27x29mm soft-tissue mass. Later CT w/ contrast was done and the lesions were simple cysts. The larger mass has now been diagnosed as a Hepatic Hemangioma. Currently awaiting liver function results.

Comment from: HemangiomaQueen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

Mine was discovered after a car accident. I was having persistent back pain and pain in my right side. After several weeks and no relief, my doctor ordered an MRI. No issues with my back, but my side pain was most likely due to a hepatic hemangioma that was 22 cm. I was sent to a liver specialist at. We discussed possible surgery to remove it, but as it's so large we decided to leave it alone. As I rested and healed, I recovered from the accident. Now, I have occasional pain in my right side, but manageable.

Comment from: One Hemangioma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I was having pain on and off on my right side. Months later I noticed a hard lump and the pain was increasing. Went to my doctor and she ordered an ultrasound, and then for a CT where the hemangioma was diagnosed. Meeting with a surgeon next week.


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