June 20, 2024


Built General Tough

Man’s ‘frosted liver’ underlies serious health condition

A man has been hospitalised with what doctors have called a “frosted liver”.

The man, 53, from India, complained of “vague abdominal pain” for five months before he was hospitalised, according to the case in British Medical Journal Case reports.

He said he was also suffering “increased tiredness and fatigue”.

Doctors did a CT scan on his abdomen and pelvis with a nodular lesion found on his liver.

“Over the next five days, my health deteriorated and I was admitted,” he said.

“The doctors confirmed that I was suffering from tuberculosis based on my biopsy reports.”

A CT scan shows a 'frosted liver' inside a 53-year-old man.

A CT scan shows the man’s liver. Source: BMJ Case Reports

The liver had taken on a “frosted” appearance, doctors noted.

He underwent a lymph node biopsy to have his liver repaired and further testing determined the man had Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex.

Doctors determined he also had lymphoplasmacytic cells which are a form of low grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The man believes he contracted tuberculosis while at work at the hospital but this was not confirmed by doctors treating him.

A CT scan shows the 'frosted liver' of a 53-year-old man.

The man’s condition was put down to turberculosis. Source: BMJ Case Reports

He was placed on medication after the biopsy.

“I have been regularly taking my medications for three months now and I feel much better,” he said.

“I have regained my lost weight and appetite and even my laboratory investigations show good progress.

“Even though I still have to continue to take these antitubercular medications for a few more months, I feel I will overcome this disease and I hope to recover completely in future.”

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