The status of polycystic liver disease in Japan: A questionnaire survey of patients

Koichi Ogawa, Kiyoshi Fukunaga, Tomoyo Takeuchi, Naoki Kawagishi, Masatoshi Kudo, Nobuhiro Ohkouchi

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Polycystic liver disease (PLD) is genetic disorder characterized by the progressive development of multiple liver cysts. Because of rarity of PLD, therapeutic consensus is controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate a situation of PLD treatment by a questionnaire survey. In this study, 422 patients with PLD participated and 223 patients underwent treatment the most common symptom was abdominal distension (73%). The treatments were performed as follows; percutaneous aspiration in 27% of patients, liver resection in 12%, cyst fenestration in 9%, and liver transplantation in 3%. The efficacies of these treatments were recognized in 77%, 96%, 92%, and 100% of each patient respectively. Because of no effect of primary therapy, additional treatment was performed in only 4.3% of patients. In general, the choice of primary treatment for PLD was considered reasonable and proper, in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-715
Number of pages7
JournalActa Hepatologica Japonica
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Fenestration
  • Liver resection
  • Liver transplantation transcatheter hepatic artery embolization
  • Polycystic liver disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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