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164826 - GP update on liver and pancreatic imaging abnormalities

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An update for GPs on liver and pancreatic imaging abnormalities

Relevance to General Practice

Unexpected abnormal test results can be a problem for GPs to interpret and manage. When incidental findings occur, GPs play an important role in helping patients navigate their way through further tests and investigations.

Imaging is extremely important in evaluating patients with cystic pancreatic lesions. There are various types of cystic lesions that can be found in the pancreas. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are excellent modalities for both initially detecting and characterising of cystic pancreatic lesions. 

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), encompassing steatosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is the most common cause of liver disease in Australia. The diagnosis of NAFLD depends on three factors: evidence of fatty infiltration from either imaging or histology; exclusion of significant alcohol consumption; exclusion of other caused of hepatic steatosis. 

Learning outcomes
  • List which ‘incidentalomas’ to investigate further
  • Explain how to best investigate liver / pancreatic lesions
  • Differentiate between safe management plans vs red flags for liver / pancreatic lesions requiring referral
  • Develop a screening tool to identify patients demonstrating higher risk for ongoing follow up
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