Benign hepatic tumors and iatrogenic pseudotumors

Radiographics. 2009 Jan-Feb;29(1):211-29. doi: 10.1148/rg.291085099.


Myriad benign tumors may be found in the liver; they can be classified according to their cell of origin into tumors of hepatocellular, cholangiocellular, or mesenchymal origin. Common benign hepatic tumors may pose a diagnostic dilemma when they manifest with atypical imaging features. Less frequently encountered benign hepatic tumors such as inflammatory pseudotumor or biliary cystadenoma demonstrate less specific imaging features; however, awareness of their findings is useful in narrowing differential diagnostic considerations. In addition, certain iatrogenically induced abnormalities of the liver may be confused with more ominous findings such as infection or neoplasia. However, knowledge of their common imaging appearances, in addition to the clinical history, is critical in correctly diagnosing and characterizing iatrogenic abnormalities of the liver. Familiarity with both expected and unexpected imaging appearances of common benign hepatic tumors, less commonly encountered benign hepatic tumors, and iatrogenic abnormalities potentially masquerading as hepatic tumors allows the radiologist to achieve an informed differential diagnosis.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Granuloma, Plasma Cell / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*