Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Hepatogastroenterology. 1993 Feb;40(1):1-5.

Non-parasitic liver cysts and polycystic liver disease: results of surgical treatment.

Author information

  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Hamburg, Germany.


The results of surgical treatment in 8 patients with polycystic liver disease (group A) and 6 patients with symptomatic simple cysts (group B) are presented. In group A, all patients underwent hepatic resection, in some cases combined with deroofing or fenestration procedures. Complications occurred postoperatively in 3 patients (37.5%). Two of these three patients had no perceived benefit from the surgical treatment. Two other patients had recurrent symptoms 12 and 20 months after operation, and one patient underwent a second resection after a 5-year-interval; she is now symptom-free after 19 months of follow-up. In group B, no complications occurred after surgical treatment consisting of either deroofing or pericystectomy. These patients were symptom-free after 5-32 months of follow-up. The therapeutic management of non-parasitic cystic liver disease is still under discussion. We advocate wide deroofing or pericystectomy for symptomatic simple cysts. Hepatic resection in highly symptomatic polycystic disease is surgically demanding and should be performed by an experienced liver surgeon. Relief of symptoms can be achieved, but the rate of complications is relatively high.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk