Published online Jun 28, 2008. doi: 10.3748/wjg.14.3927
Revised: May 19, 2008
Accepted: May 26, 2008
Published online: June 28, 2008
Rupture of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a life-threatening complication. Peritoneal metastasis of HCC after spontaneous rupture was seldom noted. We report a case of intraperitoneal metastasis of HCC after spontaneous rupture. A previously asymptomatic 72-year-old man was admitted due to dull abdominal pain with abdominal fullness. He had a history of HCC rupture 10 mo ago and transarterial embolization was performed at that time. Abdominal computer tomography (CT) scan showed a huge peritoneal mass over the right upper quadrant area. Surgical resection was arranged and subsequent microscopic examination confirmed a diagnosis of moderately-differentiated HCC.