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01.12.2012 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2012

Magnetic resonance imaging findings in primary lymphoma of the liver: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2012
Fatmir Bilaj, Leart Berdica, Arben Dhima, Gjergji Vreto
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-6-282) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

FB analyzed, interpreted the MRI scans and was the major contributor to the writing of the manuscript. LB performed the histological examination of the material taken from our patient’s liver through ultrasound-guided biopsy. ADH performed research in PubMed, and helping in writing the paper. GJV reviewed the manuscript and prepared the final draft. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Primary lymphoma of the liver is an extremely rare finding, with the few such cases reported in the literature to date describing indeterminate imaging findings, being focused more on computed tomography. To the best of our knowledge, there is no prior report describing magnetic resonance imaging scan findings with such a lesion. In the case reported here, magnetic resonance imaging gave us the opportunity to ascertain the correct diagnosis, confirmed by histopathology, thus avoiding unnecessary surgery or other treatments. Although this condition is rare, knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging findings will be invaluable for radiologists and other medical subspecialties that may face such cases in the future in helping to provide adequate management for affected patients.

Case presentation

A focal lesion was incidentally detected by ultrasound in a 75-year-old asymptomatic Albanian man being treated for benign hypertrophy of prostate. Chest and abdomen computed tomography scans did not reveal any abnormal findings besides a solid focal lesion on the right lobe of the liver and a mild homogenous enlargement of the prostate gland. Subsequently, magnetic resonance imaging of the upper abdomen was performed for better characterization of this lesion. Our patient was free of symptoms and his laboratory test results were normal.


The magnetic resonance imaging scan results showed some distinctive features that helped us to make the correct diagnosis, and were thus very important in helping us provide the correct treatment for our patient.

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