Giant fetal hepatic hemangioma: Case report and literature review

Eva M.Pott Bärtsch, Bettina W. Paek, Jyoji Yoshizawa, Ruth B. Goldstein, Linda D. Ferrell, Fergus V. Coakley, Michael R. Harrison, Craig T. Albanese

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The purpose of this case report is to demonstrate the importance of prenatal imaging for treatment management of fetal giant hepatic hemangiomas. Prenatal ultrasound revealed an abdominal mass with several cystic areas and punctate calcifications in a fetus at 29 weeks' gestation. Doppler scans confirmed the highly vascular nature of the mass. In this case, ultrasound diagnosed the mass was of hepatic origin, while magnetic resonance imaging at 32 weeks' gestation was more equivocal with respect to the anatomy source of the lesion. Imminent hydrops caused by a rapidly enlarged liver tumor was sonographically demonstrated at 34 weeks' gestation. An elective C-section and immediate tumor resection was performed. At the age of 20 months the infant is thriving. This case supports the notion that the survival rates for giant hepatic hemangiomas improve when fetal hydrops is averted and specific pre- and postnatal treatment is applied based on correct prenatal imaging diagnostics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
JournalFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 10 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Fetal hydrops
  • Hepatic hemangioma
  • Liver tumor
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Neonatal liver resection
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Embryology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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