Pseudocirrhosis is a complication of treated hepatic metastases, mainly those of breast cancer, which mimics liver cirrhosis radiologically. It has been reported in up to 50% of patients with breast cancer and liver metastases who underwent chemotherapy treatment 1. It is seen in the weeks or months following treatment.

There is some controversy regarding whether or not the term pseudocirrhosis is a misnomer, since patients may develop portal hypertension.

Radiographic features

Radiological manifestations on CT scan, ultrasound and liver MRI are the same as usual liver cirrhosis and consist mainly of:

  • hepatic segmental volume loss
  • caudate lobe enlargement
  • capsular retraction
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rID: 28123
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pseudo cirrhosis

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