What are the possible complications of hepatic hemangiomas?

Updated: Jun 17, 2019
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Complications depend on the size and location of the tumor. It needs to be emphasized that the following complications are rarely described:

  • Rupture with resultant hemoperitoneum: Rarely, large tumors rupture spontaneously or after blunt trauma. Patients may present with signs of circulatory shock and hemoperitoneum.

  • Intratumoral bleeding

  • Compression of bile ducts and nearby arteries and veins: One case has been reported of lower extremity edema caused by compression of the inferior vena cava by a cavernous hemangioma of the caudate lobe of the liver.

  • Gastric compression: Early satiety, nausea, and vomiting may occur when large lesions compress the stomach, producing gastric outlet obstruction.

  • Hemobilia

  • High-output congestive heart failure

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