Hepatic solitary fibrous tumor

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 03 May 2022

Hepatic solitary fibrous tumors are rare mesenchymal tumors.

Historically, hepatic solitary fibrous tumors were known as hepatic hemangiopericytomas, however this term has now been abandoned. 

Fewer than 60 cases of hepatic solitary fibrous tumor have been reported in the literature. Female predominance (~70%). There is a mean age of 52 years at presentation, but a wide range of incidence (16-84 years).

If the patient is symptomatic at all, the presentation is usually mild and non-specific, including abdominal pain, bloating, and dyspepsia.

Hypoglycemia has been reported in some patients, presumably a paraneoplastic syndrome.

These tumors demonstrate high cellular proliferation of spindle cells arranged in a storiform pattern.

  • CD34: positive
  • vimentin: positive
  • Bcl-2: positive
  • SM-actin: negative

A prospective diagnosis of hepatic solitary fibrous tumor is not usually possible because imaging features are usually relatively non-specific. Intratumoral necrosis has been reported in a few lesions. Benign tumors cannot currently be reliably be differentiated from malignant tumors. 

  • nonspecific enhancing mass
    • heterogeneous enhancement has been reported
  • T1: hypointense
  • T2: heterogeneous appearance
  • T1 C+ (Gd): heterogeneous enhancement, depending on the relative amounts of cellular and collagen components
  • FDG-PET: avid FDG uptake 5

Most recorded hepatic solitary fibrous tumors are benign, but it is possible for them to exhibit malignant behavior 2. Some think that malignant foci may exist in biopsy-benign tumors, and the risk of malignancy is estimated at ~10% 1.

Given the rarity of the tumor, no standard treatment exists. Partial hepatectomy has been performed for some lesions, given the concern for occult malignancy.

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: axial bSSFP FS
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