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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1976;278:427-32.

Hepatic granulomata: problems in interpretation.

Abstract

Granulomata occur in the liver not only in patients with systemic granulomatous disease, but also in a variable number with underlying liver disease and in a heterogeneous group of disorders that appear to be neither hepatic nor granulomatous in nature. The hepatic granulomata found in association with liver disease are rarely attributable to complicating systemic granulomatous disease, and probably represent a nonspecific response to the underlying hepatic disease. In the heterogeneous group of diseases that appear to be neither hepatic nor granulomatous in nature, hepatic granulomata may (in some instances) represent a nonspecific response to such conditions as intraabdominal malignancy and ulcerative bowel disease. However, in others, particularly those with unexplained prolonged fever, hepatic granulomata may be attributable to specific agents that are overlooked or escape detection by currently available diagnostic measures. The etiology of hepatic granulomata can seldom be established on histological grounds alone, and usually requires collateral clinical and laboratory evidence for identification.

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