What Does 'The Liver Is Hyperechoic' Mean?


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Tracy Koroma answered
“Hyperechoic” is a word used to describe a particularly dark area that shows up on an ultrasound. Dense tissue and bone will usually show up as being hyperechoic.

What Could Cause My Liver To Show Up As Hyperechoic On An Ultrasound?
You should probably ask your doctor about this - they’ll know best.

However, a hyperechoic ultrasound of the liver usually indicates that there’s a lot of fatty tissue in the liver.

What Is A Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver disease is a curable condition that occurs when fatty cells build up in the liver. The condition can be caused by any of the following:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption (this is the most common cause)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • HIV
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Poor nutrition
  • Sudden and significant weight-loss
How Is Fatty Liver Disease Treated?
That really depends on the cause! My brother was an alcoholic, and when he kicked the habit, his liver began to sort itself out.

Generally speaking, if you deal with the issue that’s causing your liver to be fatty, the problem will resolve itself.

For example, if you’re obese, losing weight is likely to bring down the number of fat cells in your liver.
Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
"Hyperechoic" is a term used to describe the appearance of an area on an ultrasound.

It means that it returns more sound echoes to the probe. "Hypoechoic" would be less, and "isoechoic" would be normal.

A hyperechoic liver is synonymous with a fatty liver which has fatty areas.

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