Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Case Report

Hepatocellular carcinoma presenting as a huge intra-abdominal mass: A case report

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Department of General Surgery, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey

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Department of Medical Oncology, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey

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Department of Radiology, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey

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Department of Pathology, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey

Turk J Gastroenterol 2014; 25: 330-332
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2014.3255
Read: 121 Downloads: 16 Published: 25 July 2019

Abstract

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary malignant tumor of the liver and is generally associated with hepatitis B or C virus-related cirrhosis. A giant intra-abdominal HCC mass that fills nearly the whole abdomen is not often reported in the literature. In this report, we present a case in which a patient with hepatitis B developed a giant intra-abdominal mass that originated from segment three of the liver and infiltrated the stomach and transverse colon. We were able to resect the tumor without leaving any tumor tissue behind. Although HCC presenting as a huge mass with invasion of the gastrointestinal tract is uncommon, this pathology should be considered in the differential diagnosis of giant intra-abdominal masses. The case presented here also indicates that surgical resection is possible in selected patients.

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