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Forum Name: Liver Diseases
Question: RUQ Ultrasound
|rswaney - Tue Dec 27, 2005 8:04 pm||
I'm scheduled for an RUQ Ultrasound to check for liver problems.
Why can't I eat or drink anything after midnight?
I especially don't understand why I can't drink water?
|MaryAnn N, RN - Sun Feb 26, 2006 2:55 pm||
The reason you cannot eat or drink anything is because when food/liquid enter your stomach sends a signal to start secretion of enzymes used to aid digestion. When this occurs bile gases are produced. Bile gases crowd the abdominal area/organs. This inhibits visualization of your organs during an ultrasound.
Hope this answers your question.
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