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Mass-forming hepatic cryptococcosis: a mimicker of metastatic tumors


This report provides the first imaging report of isolated intrahepatic cryptococcosis. An 83-year-old man was incidentally pointed out of hepatic nodules. CT revealed four well-defined nodules of 21 mm, 15 mm, 7 mm, and 5 mm in diameter without contrast enhancement. Two nodules displayed central hyperattenuation and the others were totally hyperattenuating. MRI showed that the nodules were hypointense relative to normal liver parenchyma on T1- and T2-weighted images. 18F-FDG PET imaging revealed no obvious increased uptake of nuclear species into the liver nodules. Partial resection of the three largest hepatic nodules was performed based on a preoperative diagnosis of hepatic metastasis from known sigmoid colon cancer. All three resected nodules were composed mainly of necrotic tissue with peripheral histiocytic aggregates and numerous yeast-like cells. The final diagnosis was hepatic cryptococcosis.

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Hoshiai, S., Hiyama, T., Kawasaki, H. et al. Mass-forming hepatic cryptococcosis: a mimicker of metastatic tumors. Abdom Radiol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00261-020-02437-2

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  • Cryptococcus
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Hepatic cryptococcosis
  • Liver cryptococcosis