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Hepatic epithelioid angiomyolipoma: magnetic resonance imaging characteristics



The aim of the study was to analyze MR imaging features of hepatic epithelioid angiomyolipoma (HEAML).


This study included 113 patients with 122 pathologically confirmed HEAML who underwent enhanced MRI scanning before partial hepatectomy. MR images were retrospectively reviewed and correlated with pathological findings.


The mean age of 113 patients was 48.12 ± 11.77 years old, and the male to female ratio was 1:3.35 with 87 females (76.99%). 107 (94.69%) patients presented as single tumor, and 96 patients (84.96%) were asymptomatic. 122 HEAML lesions were diagnosed pathologically in 113 patients, with the average of 4.47 ± 3.26 cm. 109 lesions (89.34%) and 108 lesions (88.52%) showed regular and well-defined boundary. On T1WI, 121 lesions (99.18%) mainly presented hypointensity. On T2WI, 118 lesions (96.72%) and 109 lesions (89.34%) mainly showed hyperintensity and heterogeneous signals. Most of the lesions (97.46%) showed hyperintensity on DWI. 118 lesions (96.72%) manifested as severe hyperenhancement and 106 lesions (86.89%) showed heterogeneity during the arterial phase. As for the lesion enhancement pattern, 73 lesions (59.84%) presented as persistent enhancement, 37 lesions (30.33%) as wash out, 8 lesions (6.56%) as degressive enhancement, and 4 lesions (3.28%) as poor blood supply. Additionally, 96 lesions (78.69%) with intra-tumor vessels and 85 lesions (69.67%) with outer rim were confirmed during the delayed phase.


At enhanced MRI, hypointensity on T1WI, hyperintensity and heterogeneous signals on T2WI, hyperintensity on DWI, little or no fat component, heterogenous hyperenhancement, persistent enhancement, intra-tumor vessels, and outer rim would be helpful to diagnose HEAML.

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I would like to thank Dr. Xu Pengju for providing the means and encouragement to write and publish this paper. Dr. Xu Pengju also made a host of important suggestions included in this study. Another special shoutout goes to Dr. Shao Xiali, who contributed to the methods in this study aimed at explaining the differences between hemorrhage, necrosis, cystic degeneration, and microscopic fat. While my understanding of the thesis writing process has undeniably benefitted from my work advising medical students, I owe particular thanks to Wang Zhe and Ma Jing who inspired my writing. Finally, I thank Cao Yiran, not only for her continuous moral and spiritual support to this text, but also for the example she sets to PhD students.


This work was supported by the Shanghai Municipal Key Clinical Specialty (shslczdzk03202).

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Junhao, L., Hongxia, Z., Jiajun, G. et al. Hepatic epithelioid angiomyolipoma: magnetic resonance imaging characteristics. Abdom Radiol 48, 913–924 (2023).

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