7. Masses in the Liver

  1. E. Jenny Heathcote MB, BS, MD, FRCP, FRCP(C)3,4,5,6
  1. Morris Sherman MB, BCh, PhD, FRCP(C)1,2

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314968.ch7

Hepatology: Diagnosis and Clinical Management

Hepatology: Diagnosis and Clinical Management

How to Cite

Sherman, M. (2012) Masses in the Liver, in Hepatology: Diagnosis and Clinical Management (ed E. J. Heathcote), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118314968.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Francis Family Chair in Hepatology Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  2. 4

    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  3. 5

    Patient Based Clinical Research Division, Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  4. 6

    University Health Network/Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 12 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656174

Online ISBN: 9781118314968

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Keywords:

  • hepatocellular carcinoma;
  • hepatic adenoma;
  • focal nodular hyperplasia;
  • cholangiocarcinoma

Summary

The finding of a mass-lesion in the liver is not unusual because of the widespread use of ultrasound for evaluation of abdominal complaints. Differentiating the different lesions can be challenging. Although the diagnosis can frequently be made radiologically, in specific circumstances a biopsy is required to confirm diagnosis. The common malignant lesions are primary hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, and colon cancer metastases (which is not covered in this chapter). Common benign lesions include hemangioma, focal nodular hyperplasia, and hepatic adenoma. Additional lesions include liver abscess and a number of rare malignant and benign tumors.