Diagnosis and treatment of benign focal liver lesions.

Türkan Terkivatan, Shahid M. Hussain, Rob A. De Man, Jan N M Ijzermans

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BACKGROUND: With the routine use of improved imaging modalities, more benign liver lesions are detected nowadays. An accurate characterization of these incidental lesions may be a challenge, and frequently a biopsy or even unnecessary surgery is being performed. However, these interventions are not always to the benefit of the patient. METHODS: A Medline search of studies relevant to imaging diagnosis and management of the most common, benign, solid and non-solid liver lesions was undertaken. References from identified articles were handsearched for further relevant articles. The authors' own experiences with benign liver lesions were also taken into account. RESULTS: Although atypical imaging features are the exception rather than the rule, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions, and knowledge of their imaging features is essential if unnecessary work-up is to be avoided. The use of tissue-specific contrast media, which has clearly improved the accuracy of highly advanced radiological techniques, may be helpful during differential diagnosis. Once having established an accurate diagnosis, surgery is rarely indicated for a benign liver lesion because of its asymptomatic nature. CONCLUSION: Knowledge of imaging features and a clear management strategy during diagnostic work-up, emphasizing the indications for surgery, will minimize the number of patients who have to undergo biopsy or unnecessary surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-115
Number of pages14
JournalScandinavian journal of gastroenterology. Supplement
Issue number243
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Terkivatan, T., Hussain, S. M., De Man, R. A., & Ijzermans, J. N. M. (2006). Diagnosis and treatment of benign focal liver lesions. Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology. Supplement, (243), 102-115.

Diagnosis and treatment of benign focal liver lesions. / Terkivatan, Türkan; Hussain, Shahid M.; De Man, Rob A.; Ijzermans, Jan N M.

In: Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology. Supplement, No. 243, 05.2006, p. 102-115.

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Terkivatan, T, Hussain, SM, De Man, RA & Ijzermans, JNM 2006, 'Diagnosis and treatment of benign focal liver lesions.', Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology. Supplement, no. 243, pp. 102-115.
Terkivatan T, Hussain SM, De Man RA, Ijzermans JNM. Diagnosis and treatment of benign focal liver lesions. Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology. Supplement. 2006 May;(243):102-115.
Terkivatan, Türkan ; Hussain, Shahid M. ; De Man, Rob A. ; Ijzermans, Jan N M. / Diagnosis and treatment of benign focal liver lesions. In: Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology. Supplement. 2006 ; No. 243. pp. 102-115.
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