Author(s): Bonney GK, Gomez D, AlMukhtar A, Toogood GJ, Lodge JP,
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: Unlike malignant liver tumours, the indications for hepatic resection for benign disease are not well defined. This is particularly true for focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH). Here we summarize a single-centre experience of the diagnosis and management of FNH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a prospectively collected database, a retrospective analysis of consecutive patients who were managed at our centre for FNH between January 1997 and December 2006 was performed. RESULTS: The cohort was divided into two groups of patients: those who were managed surgically (n=15) and those managed conservatively (n=37). There was no correlation between tumour size and number of lesions with oral contraceptive use (p=0.07 and 0.90, respectively) and pregnancy (p=0.45 and 0.60, respectively). However, tumour size (p=0.006) and number of lesions (p=0.02) were associated with the occurrence of pain in these patients. Pain was the commonest symptom of patients (13/15) who were managed surgically. All patients underwent radiological imaging before diagnosis. The sensitivities of ultrasound, CT scanning and MRI scanning in characterizing these lesions were 30\%, 70\% and 87\%, respectively. There were no postoperative deaths and three postoperative complications that were successfully managed non-operatively. With a median follow-up of 24 months in the surgically treated group, one patient has developed recurrent symptoms of pain. CONCLUSION. In this series, there was no mortality directly due to the surgical procedure and a modest morbidity, justifying surgical resections in selected patients.
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