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Am Surg. 1976 Oct;42(10):744-60.

Benign liver tumors: what is their relationship to oral contraceptives?


A series of eight cases of benign hepatocellular tumors from the New Orleans area is presented. Clinical and histological features of these unusual tumors are discussed. Also, a series of 56 similar cases reported in the literature is reviewed. We conclude that these tumors have shown definite evidence of hormonal sensitivity and there is strong circumstantial evidence that oral contraceptive medications have contributed to their recent increased incidence. Although the risk of this problem in the overall population of women taking oral contraceptives seems to be quite small, further clinical and experimental research on this problem is clearly indicated.

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