Beaver tail liver (normal variant)

Case contributed by Dr Safwat Mohammad Almoghazy


A case of Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Patient Data

Age: 36 years
Gender: Female

An elongated left liver lobe extends laterally to contact and often surround the spleen.

Case Discussion

An incidentally noted elongated liver lobe extends laterally to contact and surround the spleen (normal variant) what's called Beavertail liver.

Also known as a sliver of liver, is a variant of hepatic morphology.

It is more common in females. The parenchyma is normal and thereby has the same risks of hepatic pathology as the rest of the liver except in trauma, where it is more prone injury following trauma to the left upper quadrant or lower left chest.

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Case information

rID: 53731
Published: 11th Jun 2017
Last edited: 12th Jun 2017
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