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Diagn Interv Imaging. 2013 Sep;94(9):849-59. doi: 10.1016/j.diii.2013.04.008. Epub 2013 Jun 21.

Hepatic haemangioma: common and uncommon imaging features.

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CHU de Clermont-Ferrand, CHU Estaing, Service de Radiologie et Imagerie M├ędicale, 1, place Lucie-Aubrac, 63003 Clermont-Ferrand cedex 1, France. Electronic address:


The haemangioma, the most common non-cystic hepatic lesion, most often discovered by chance, may in certain situations raise diagnostic problems in imaging. In this article, the authors first demonstrate that the radiological appearance of the hepatic haemangioma, in its typical form, is closely related to three known histological sub-types. They then show that certain atypical features should be known in order to establish a diagnosis. They also observe the potential interactions between the haemangioma, an active vascular lesion, and the adjacent hepatic parenchyma. Finally, they discuss the specific paediatric features of hepatic haemangiomas and illustrate the case of a hepatic angiosarcoma.


Atypia; CT-scan; Haemangioma; Liver; MRI

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