hepatoblastoma

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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

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