Liver Mass

  • Keith W. Millikan


A liver mass or tumor may be an incidental finding on an ultrasound or CT scan of the Upper abdomen. Otherwise, Symptoms of a liver mass can vary and range from a dull, aching pain in the epigastrium or right upper quadrant to jaundice and possibly fever. Occasionally a liver mass can rupture and the patient may present with hypotension or syncope secondary to hemorrhagic shock. Certainly, a history of prior malignancies that are known to preferentially spread to the liver, such as colon cancer, can be very helpful. A history of weight loss, alcohol ingestion, and cirrhosis of the liver may suggest a hepatocellular Carcinoma. A history of contraceptive use by a young woman is frequently present with hepatic adenomas.


Focal Nodular Hyperplasia Liver Mass Extrahepatic Disease Hepatic Cyst Hepatic Adenoma 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

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  • Keith W. Millikan

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