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Primary epithelioid haemangioendothelioma of the liver: case report and review of the literature.
  1. R K Pokharna,
  2. P K Garg,
  3. S D Gupta,
  4. U Dutta,
  5. R K Tandon
  1. Department of Gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.


    A 31 year old female patient presented with a one and a half year history of pain in the upper abdomen. The pain was mild, constant, dull aching, and increased with change in posture or sudden movements. There was no definite relation to meals. She also had a lump in the right upper quadrant, which had been gradually increasing in size over three months. She had mild anorexia and reported a 5 kg weight loss over one year. She had no history of intake of oral contraceptive drugs, exposure to vinyl chloride, thorotrast or any other industrial toxin. Ultrasonography of the abdomen revealed multiple space occupying lesions of altered echotexture in both lobes of the liver. The portal venous system and hepatic vascular system were normal. Computed tomography of the abdomen confirmed the ultrasound findings. Histopathology was diagnostic for primary epithelioid haemangioendothelioma; the first such case reported from India. The patient has been put on a waiting list for a liver transplant.

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