Imaging findings in primary carcinoid tumour of the liver with gastrin production.

We present a 57-year-old man with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome who had undergone total gastrectomy 12 years previously. At that time, a cystic mass in the left lobe of the liver was palpated but was not removed. The patient currently had high serum gastrin levels. Abdominal ultrasound, CT and MR images showed a well defined liver mass with solid and cystic components. The lesion was resected and a primary hepatic carcinoid tumour was diagnosed. Post-operatively, serum gastrin levels were normal. A primary liver carcinoid may appear as multicystic liver mass with solid components. Careful exclusion of a primary tumour elsewhere is required to establish the diagnosis of this rare entity.
AuthorsD Kehagias, L Moulopoulos, V Smirniotis, A Pafiti, S Ispanopoulos, L Vlahos
JournalThe British journal of radiology (Br J Radiol) Vol. 72 Issue 854 Pg. 207-9 (Feb 1999) ISSN: 0007-1285 [Print] ENGLAND
PMID10365076 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Gastrins
  • Carcinoid Tumor (diagnosis)
  • Gastrins (biosynthesis)
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms (diagnosis)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome (diagnosis)

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