Hepatic hemangiomas

Case contributed by Dr Margaret Nguyen


New diagnosis of breast cancer. Liver lesions on staging CT. For ultrasound +/- biopsy

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

There is a lesion in segment 7 that demonstrates progressive peripheral nodular enhacement


The liver is of normal echo intensity. There is no evidence of liver parenchymal disease. Within segment 6/7 of the liver in a subdiaphragmatic position, there is a sharply circumscribed echogenic lesion measuring 3.6 cm. More anteriorly and inferiorly (segment 5) within the right lobe of liver, there is a second sharply circumscribed echogenic lesion measuring 1.2 cm.

Review of recent outside CT imaging (19/9/14) demonstrates a segment 7 lesion liver lesion with progressive peripheral nodular enhancement. A second small low density lesion in segment 6 is seen on portal venous phase only.

The overall findings are consistent with liver hemangiomas. There is no evidence of a metastasis on ultrasound.

Not for biopsy. Recommend correlation with report of outside CT.

Case Discussion

The liver lesion in segment 6/7 showed peripheral nodular enhancement with progressive fill in during the portal venous and delayed phases, which is consistent with a typical hepatic hemangioma.

As hemangiomas are benign and highly vascular, this lesion was deemed unsuitable for biopsy.

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