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Case Rep Gastroenterol. 2012 Sep;6(3):629-34. doi: 10.1159/000343433. Epub 2012 Sep 29.

Multiple ectopic hepatocellular carcinomas arising in the abdominal cavity.

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  • 1Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan.

Abstract

Ectopic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a very rare clinical entity that is defined as HCC arising from extrahepatic liver tissue. This report presents a case of ectopic multiple HCC arising in the abdominal cavity. A 42-year-old otherwise healthy male presented with liver dysfunction at a general health checkup. Both HCV antibody and hepatitis B surface antigen were negative. Laboratory examination showed elevations in serum alpha-fetoprotein and PIVKA-II. Ultrasonography and computed tomography revealed multiple nodular lesions in the abdominal cavity with ascites without a possible primary tumor. Exploratory laparoscopy was performed, which revealed bloody ascites and multiple brown nodular tumors measuring approximately 10 mm in size that were disseminated on the perineum and mesentery. A postoperative PET-CT scan was performed but it did not reveal any evidence of a tumor in the liver. The tumors resected from the peritoneum were diagnosed as HCC. The present case of HCC was thought to have possibly developed from ectopic liver on the peritoneum or mesentery.

KEYWORDS:

Abdominal cavity; Ectopic hepatocellular carcinoma; Ectopic liver; Hepatocellular carcinoma

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PMCID:
PMC3493015
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