Some liver lesions are not cancerous and it is therefore important to determine the most likely cause of a liver lesion so patients can be managed appropriately. Imaging is often sufficient for diagnosis of the lesion type.
- With increasing use of abdominal imaging to assess symptoms or as part of routine health checks, liver lesions are found commonly and may be a source of significant concern for both patient and doctor.
- There are many causes of liver lesions, ranging from benign, vascular or infective lesions to primary or secondary malignancy.
- The identification of a solid lesion in a patient with underlying chronic liver disease should always raise concern for primary liver cancer.