Beaver tail liver

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking

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Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female
CT

The left lobe of the liver is slender and extends laterally to wrap around the anterior border of the spleen, what is known as a 'beaver tail' liver. 

Also note how low density the liver is in keeping with steatosis. The patient was alcoholic.

Case Discussion

The beaver tail liver is a variant of hepatic morphology, which if the spleen and liver are the same density can simulate a left hepatic mass.

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Case information

rID: 39317
Published: 31st Aug 2015
Last edited: 20th Nov 2019
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