Malignant liver tumors (pediatric)

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 3 Apr 2020

Pediatric malignant liver tumors are rare, some of which occur only in children but that are similar to those that occur in adults.

Malignant liver tumors account for ~1% of pediatric malignancies 2.

Broadly, any malignant liver mass can be defined as a metastasis or primary liver tumor. The commonest source of pediatric liver metastases is neuroblastoma 1.

Primary malignant hepatic neoplasms in children can broadly be classified by their cell of origin 1:

An understanding of the clinicopathologic features of these neoplasms and how these features affect their imaging appearance helps the radiologist offer an appropriate differential diagnosis for a child with a liver mass.

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: hepatoblastoma
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