Benign Liver Lesions
Non cancerous liver lesions may exist without causing any symptoms. They then only cause problems when they start growing, compressing the organs around the liver. They can cause problems when there is a risk of becoming cancerous (malignant). A routine ultrasound for another issue is often what triggers a diagnosis for benign liver lesions.
You can get peace-of-mind after a proper diagnosis by our liver specialists at The Surgeons Collective. If necessary, they will monitor your condition closely. If you have questions about benign liver lesions, do not hesitate to contact The Surgeons Collective.
FNH or Focal Nodular Hyperplasia
FNHs occur more frequently in women. The larger lesions, particularly on the left side of the liver, can create a compression on the stomach. FNHs carry only an extremely small risk of malignancy.
MRI and other more advanced imaging techniques for a definitive diagnosis are a great help in this process. Because of these techniques, non-cancerous FNHs are now less likely to be surgically removed. If you have a concern about any type of benign liver lesions, please speak to one of our liver specialists here at The Surgeons Collective in Perth. They can organise an MRI for you, so you can exclude the risk of any malignant liver lesions, and obtain more assurance and peace-of-mind.
FNH often presents a central scar on imaging by CT scan and MRI.
If your specialist suspects an adenoma, then it may be recommended to get an in-depth diagnosis. Although adenomas are known to be benign liver tumours, they can cause issues at a later stage in your life. They occur more frequently in women, and there is a strong suggestion that there is a connection to using the contraceptive pill, oestrogen use, or obesity. If a lesion is larger than 5cm (diameter), then it may become malignant. In that case it needs to be closely monitored and it may need to be surgically removed.
If your liver specialist suggests that you may suffer from this type of liver lesion, then our team is here to help. We will go out of our way to give you a clear diagnosis, so we can plan your treatment adapted to your personal situation and your personal needs. Our focus is on delivering excellent surgical outcomes, and on supporting you with kindness and genuine care. For every team member here at The Surgeons Collective, it's about providing trust and comfort, as you prepare for your liver surgery or other types of liver treatment.
Also called, cavernous haemangiomas, they are non-cancerous liver lesions. Recent estimates tell us that potentially up to 1 in 10 people may have haemangiomas in the liver, and they occur more often in women.Most of the time, a haemangioma will not cause any problems, except when they grow to a larger size. In that case they can cause discomfort, or they can cause a catastrophic bleed in case of a trauma. If you had this level of risk, then our specialist surgeons may discuss the option to surgically remove the liver lesions.
To establish a definitive diagnosis, typically the contrast agent is injected slowly during a CT scan or an MRI, into the haemangioma.
Whatever type of liver lesion you may be diagnosed with, our team of liver specialists works together to make you fully understand the diagnosis, and to propose the most convenient treatment or surgery plan. It's about delivering optimal surgical outcomes and providing you with support and comfort. If you have any questions about liver lesions, feel free to contact our specialist doctors at The Surgeons Collective in Perth. We never give up on your health.
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