Hepatoblastoma is a very rare primary liver cell cancer that is most predominant in infants. The usual presentation is one of a large, painless abdominal mass. A raised serum alpha-feto protein is suggestive of the diagnosis.
If there is limited disease then a partial hepatectomy may be curative. Conversion of an inoperable lesion to an operable one may be achieved by intensive chemotherapy.
There is a poor prognosis if the tumour is irresectable or there is metastatic disease.
Last reviewed 01/2018