Calcification in hepatocellular carcinoma: Not always an indication of fibrolamellar histology

S. A. Teefey, D. H. Stephens, L. H. Weiland

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A distinct pathologic and clinical type of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), called fibrolamellar HCC, has been recognized during this decade. This tumor differs from conventional HCC in several respects: it typically occurs in adolescents or young adults; it is not associated with known predisposing risk factors, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis; and it does not cause elevation of serum alpha-fetoprotein. Fibrolamellar HCC is more likely to be resectable than is the usual form of HCC associated with cirrhosis, and it has a considerably better prognosis. There are practical reasons, therefore, to differentiate fibrolamellar HCC from conventional HCC. In a recent report based on a radiologic-pathologic correlation of 17 cases of fibrolamellar HCC, the presence of calcification within the tumor was considered to be the most important distinguishing radiologic feature, that is, calcification was common among the patients with fibrolamellar HCC but was, not present in a group of patients with conventional HCC who were reviewed for comparison. We report two cases of calcified hepatocellular carcinoma that were not fibrolamellar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1173-1174
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987


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