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J Med Case Rep. 2011 May 21;5:196. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-5-196.

Inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver: a case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Euromedica General Clinic, 2 Gravias - 11 Maria Callas Str, 546 45, Thessaloniki, Greece.



Inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver represents a fairly uncommon pathology. Although it is a benign tumor, the correct diagnosis can be missed.


We report the case of a 55-year-old Caucasian man, who presented with a one-month history of abdominal pain and weight loss. He was diagnosed with a primary liver tumor by computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Alpha-fetoprotein levels ranged within normal limits. A right posterior sectorectomy was performed. Histopathology revealed an inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver. Our patient remains in good condition one year later.


Although inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver is usually a benign process, controversy regarding its management still exists. With this case report we review the existing literature and consider hepatectomy as a safe treatment approach.

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