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Liver tumours may be considered as:
- cystic lesions
- benign tumours
- malignant tumours:
- primary malignant tumours
- metastatic malignant tumours
Liver tumours may be classified as benign, malignant and secondary.
- cystic - polycystic liver disease; often associated with polycystic kidneys
- adenoma - associated with oral contraceptive pill
- cavernous haemangioma - the most common benign hepatic tumour
- hepatoblastoma - tumour of infancy
- hepatocellular carcinoma - accounts for 90% of primary liver cancers
- hepatocholangiocarcinoma - malignancy of both liver cells and bile duct epithelium
- metastases are the most common hepatic malignancy
- the most common primaries are lung, breast, colon and pancreas
- 1) Beckingham, IJ, Krige, JEJ (2001). Liver tumours. BMJ, 322,477-80.
Last reviewed 01/2018