Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 281–284 | Cite as

A Case of Explosive Progression of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in a Patient with Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID)

  • Kaushang GandhiEmail author
  • Purvi Parikh
  • Wilbert S. Aronow
  • Harit Desai
  • Harshad Amin
  • Mala Sharma
  • Arye Rubinstein
Brief Communication



While it is well known that patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) are predisposed to various malignancies, primarily non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and gastric carcinomas, to our knowledge no cases of hepatocellular carcinoma have been reported in the absence of preexisting liver disease.

Method and Results

We report a 50-year-old male patient with CVID with a B- and T-cell deficiency. The patient was on prophylactic intravenous gammaglobulin and had received several years earlier a course of rituximab for an autoimmune disorder. He had no history of hepatitis. The patient developed a rapidly progressing hepatocellular carcinoma within 3 to 4 weeks.


Although patients with CVID are predisposed to malignancies such as lymphoma and adenocarcinoma of the stomach, rapidly progressive hepatocellular carcinoma in the absence of any preexisting liver disease has not been described.


common variable immunodeficiency hepatocellular carcinoma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaushang Gandhi
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Purvi Parikh
    • 2
  • Wilbert S. Aronow
    • 1
  • Harit Desai
    • 1
  • Harshad Amin
    • 1
  • Mala Sharma
    • 1
  • Arye Rubinstein
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineWestchester Medical Center/New York Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics, Microbiology and ImmunologyAlbert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore HospitalBronxUSA
  4. 4.New YorkUSA

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