Incidentaloma

Friday, January 23, 2015

An incidentaloma is a mass found by coincidence without clinical symptoms or suspicion. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about incidentalomas in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An incidentaloma is a mass or lesion unexpectedly identified during a routine physical examination, imaging procedure or surgical exploration.

For example, if you have a CT scan because your doctor is worried about appendicitis, the scan might also show kidney cysts or liver spots.

Incidentalomas are becoming more common. MRI and CT scans and ultrasound help doctors diagnose medical problems, but they also increase the chance of finding incidentalomas that otherwise might not be noticed.

Most incidentalomas are not dangerous. They are typically cysts, growths or enlarged blood vessels that only rarely lead to cancer.

You and your doctor may decide that nothing else needs to be done. You might need scans to check whether it has grown, or your doctor might want you to have a biopsy.

Having more scans or biopsies can sometimes cause problems, so you and your doctor need to decide whether it is worth it to make sure that the incidentaloma is not dangerous.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.