Focal fatty sparing of the liver

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Right upper quadrant pain for investigation

Patient Data

Age: 75
Gender: Female

Non-contrast scan as patient has had previous iodine allergy

Diffuse fatty liver (HU density 23) with well-defined "mass" in gall bladder fossa (HU density 50)


US for confirmation

Typical increased echogenicity of liver consistant with steatosis and focal sparing (normal liver) at the site of CT abnormality. Normal blood flow on Doppler.

Case Discussion

The gall bladder fossa/porta hepatis is a typical location for focal fatty sparing in patients with steatosis. It can sometimes be confused with a mass lesion. It has features of normal liver on CT and US

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Case information

rID: 37833
Case created: 24th Jun 2015
Last edited: 22nd Nov 2016
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