Cystic hepatic metastasis

Case contributed by Dr Matt A. Morgan

Presentation

History of lupus nephritis and renal transplant, presenting for evaluation of liver abscess seen on prior ultrasound.

Patient Data

Age: 50-60Y
Gender: Female
CT

Liver CT study without contrast

Liver CT without contrast. The study was ordered for abdominal pain. The lesion in the left hepatic lobe was new compared with a study three months earlier.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound correlation of the cystic liver lesion seen on CT.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound-guided core biopsy.

Case Discussion

This case is designed to encourage you to keep an open mind. Given the patient's history of immunosuppression, the presence of a single new cystic lesion in the liver was definitively called an abscess on an earlier study. The patient was sent to ultrasound-guided biopsy to determine the infectious agent for targeted antibiotic therapy. The pathology report from the FNA smears and core biopsy told a different story, however:

"Metastatic, poorly-differentiated adenocarcinoma in a background of extensive necrosis and mixed inflammation."

The primary was consistent with an upper GI or pancreatic source, although this could not be seen on the available imaging.

In the differential for a new cystic lesion in an adult liver, one should always consider both infectious and metastatic aetiologies. With multiple lesions, a metastatic aetiology is much more likely (~98%), but lack of multiple lesions is more ambiguous.

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Case information

rID: 32762
Case created: 12th Dec 2014
Last edited: 7th Sep 2015
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