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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver: a case report and review of the literature

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Achilleas Ntinas, Dimitrios Kardassis, Dimosthenis Miliaras, Konstantinos Tsinoglou, Athanasios Dimitriades, Dionisios Vrochides
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-196) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

AN wrote the manuscript. DK reviewed the literature and corrected the manuscript. DM performed the pathology tests of the specimen. KT interpreted the CT and MRI. AD corrected the manuscript and DV conceived the idea and corrected the manuscript. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.



Inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver represents a fairly uncommon pathology. Although it is a benign tumor, the correct diagnosis can be missed.

Case presentation

We report the case of a 55-year-old Caucasian man, who presented with a one-month history of abdominal pain and weight loss. He was diagnosed with a primary liver tumor by computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Alpha-fetoprotein levels ranged within normal limits. A right posterior sectorectomy was performed. Histopathology revealed an inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver. Our patient remains in good condition one year later.


Although inflammatory pseudotumor of the liver is usually a benign process, controversy regarding its management still exists. With this case report we review the existing literature and consider hepatectomy as a safe treatment approach.

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