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What would cause an ultrasound scan to not be able to distinguish

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What would cause an ultrasound scan to not be able to distinguish between my left kidney and my spleen? Would it be because either of them are enlarged? I have been scheduled for a CT scan, but that will be months away, so any suggestions would be gratefully received.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Yes, that could be. have you ever had surgery on the belly before?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I had a c section 6 years ago, that is all. I had an ultrasound scan 2 months previously to this one and everything was fine, so could either grow large that quickly?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
It is probably scar tissue from a prior surgery obstructing it.why was the ultrasound done?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have never had this problem before and I have had loads of ultrasounds in the last 6 years. This was an incidental finding as it was a scan for my right lower abdomen as I have a lot of pain there.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
I think it is scar tissue that is obscuring it. I agree with the CAT scan
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Excuse me for being dense, but how can c section scar tissue obscure my kidney/spleen? I have never had anything obscuring the view before and my last scan was clear only 2 months before this. A senior radiographer suggested a CT scan, so I was confident with that as the next step.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Yes that is the next step
Any time you cut the abdomen, scar tissue can form pretty much anywhere
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