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Evolution and management of a hepatocellular carcinoma during pregnancy

Authors


Dr Margarita Alvarez de la Rosa, Departamento de Obstetricia y Ginecología, Hospital Universitario de Canarias, La Laguna, 38320, Tenerife, Spain. Email: margarita.alvarez@mac.com

Abstract

Coexistence of a hepatocellular carcinoma with pregnancy is extremely rare. The authors present the case of an African woman positive for hepatitis B surface antigen and referred to our hospital for suspected cervical incompetence in which a surgically unapproachable hepatocellular carcinoma was diagnosed. The patient refused termination of pregnancy or liver transplantation because of religious beliefs. In this case, the authors had the opportunity to follow the growth of the mass throughout the pregnancy and puerperium.

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