Gastroenterology clinic

Assessment of liver lesions

Edmund Tse, Simone Strasser

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Abstract

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.

Article Extract

Remember
  • 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.

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