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Digestive Disorders

Chronic and Intermittent Abdominal Pain

04/05/2010

Question:

My wife has had chronic and intermittent abdominal pain for the past year. She recently went to a doctor about it and had some tests. Here are the results: -very high amylase, serum (4 times the max value) -from abd ultrasound mild diffuse fatty liver infiltrates, no gallstones, mild gb wall prominence, prancreas and kidneys normal in size, mild splenomegaly, think pylorus.

We don`t have insurance so we are already wiped out from these tests, but the doctor suggests either an mri or ct scan.

What could it be? Which is better: mri or ct scan? With or without contrast? Any ideas on how to pay for all of it?

Answer:

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Response by:

Julia Gore Thornton, MD Julia Gore Thornton, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University