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BMC Surgery 1/2015

Hepatic Sclerosed Hemangioma: a case report and review of the literature

BMC Surgery > Ausgabe 1/2015
Shunsuke Miyamoto, Akihiko Oshita, Yutaka Daimaru, Masaru Sasaki, Hideki Ohdan, Atsushi Nakamitsu
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Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

The first two authors contributed equally to this work. SM drafted the paper and collected date and reviewed the text. AO performed the operation, helped SM to draft the paper and made the final revision. YD diagnosed this disease. MS and AN assisted the operation. HO made the expert assistance. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Although cavernous hemangioma is one of the most frequently encountered benign hepatic neoplasms, hepatic sclerosed hemangioma is very rare. We report a case of hepatic sclerosed hemangioma that was difficult to distinguish from an intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma by imaging studies.

Case presentation

A 76-year-old male patient with right hypochondralgia was referred to our hospital. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed a heterogeneously hyperechoic tumor that was 59 mm in diameter in segment 7 of the liver. Dynamic computed tomography showed a low-density tumor with delayed ring enhancement. Gadolinium-ethoxybenzyl-diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (EOB-MRI) demonstrated a low-signal intensity mass with ring enhancement on T1-weighted images. The mass had several high-signal intensity lesions on T2-weighted images. EOB-MRI revealed a hypointense nodule on the hepatobiliary phase. From these imaging studies, the tumor was diagnosed as intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, and we performed laparoscopy-assisted posterior sectionectomy of the liver with lymph node dissection in the hepatoduodenal ligament. Histopathological examination revealed a hepatic sclerosed hemangioma with hyalinized tissue and collagen fibers.


Hepatic sclerosed hemangioma is difficult to diagnose preoperatively because of its various imaging findings. We report a case of hepatic sclerosed hemangioma and review the literatures, especially those concerning imaging findings.
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