A pictorial review of benign hepatocellular nodular lesions: Comprehensive radiological assessment incorporating the concept of anomalous portal tract syndrome

Takuya Ueda, Jay Starkey, Kensaku Mori, Kiyoshi Fukunaga, Ryota Shimofusa, Ken Motoori, Manabu Minami, Fukuo Kondo

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Abstract

Background/purpose: Although the pathological categorization system advocated by the International Working Party (IWP) on Terminology has been helpful in categorizing benign hepatocellular lesions, the diverse clinicopathological features of the lesions still cause confusion of diagnosis in clinical settings. Recently, an integrated disease concept termed "anomalous portal tract syndrome" (APTS) has been proposed as a congenital anomaly of the portal tract, being a single unifying etiological factor underlying the disorder. In this article, we discuss the radiological features of benign nodular hepatocellular lesions incorporated in the concept of APTS. Methods: We systematically reviewed the literature on benign hepatocellular lesions based on the concept of APTS, as well as standard IWP terminology. For this pictorial review, we selected six representative cases and assessed the radiological features of the cases based on the concept of APTS. Results: The comprehensive assessment based on APTS enabled the systematic categorization of benign hepatocellular lesions, including nodular regenerative hyperplasia, large regenerative nodules, partial nodular transformation, focal nodular hyperplasia, and hepatocellular adenoma, and was helpful in understanding the overlapping features of these lesions. Conclusions: Although the disease concept of APTS is still evolving, it is nonetheless helpful in comprehensively understanding the clinicopathological and radiological features of various benign hepatocellular lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-396
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Sciences
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Benign
  • Hepatic circulation
  • Liver imaging
  • Liver tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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