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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.

Benign tumours:

  • cystic - polycystic liver disease; often associated with polycystic kidneys
  • adenoma - associated with oral contraceptive pill
  • cavernous haemangioma - the most common benign hepatic tumour

Malignant tumours:

  • hepatoblastoma - tumour of infancy
  • haemangiosarcoma
  • hepatocellular carcinoma - accounts for 90% of primary liver cancers
  • hepatocholangiocarcinoma - malignancy of both liver cells and bile duct epithelium

Secondary tumours:

  • metastases are the most common hepatic malignancy
  • the most common primaries are lung, breast, colon and pancreas

Reference:

  • 1) Beckingham, IJ, Krige, JEJ (2001). Liver tumours. BMJ, 322,477-80.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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