Intrahepatic portal-to-portal venous shunts in cirrhosis: A potential mimic of hepatocellular carcinoma

Juergen Lutz, Naomi Knoess, Fergus V. Coakley, Benjamin M. Yeh, Richard S. Breiman

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Two intrahepatic portal-to-portal venous shunts demonstrated at computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound in a 40-year-old woman with cirrhosis are described. The shunts appeared as hypervascular hepatic foci on CT, simulating multifocal hepatocellular carcinoma. Follow-up multiphase CT with multiplanar reformation and Doppler ultrasound confirmed the correct diagnosis. Recognition of intrahepatic portal-to-portal venous shunts as a rare mimic of hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhosis should prevent misinterpretation or inappropriate management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)520-522
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2004



  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatic vascular anomaly
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Liver
  • Portal-to-portal venous shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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