Case Report
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World J Gastroenterol. Dec 21, 2016; 22(47): 10461-10464
Published online Dec 21, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i47.10461
Complete spontaneous regression of giant focal nodular hyperplasia of the liver: Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation with hepatobiliary contrast media
Giuseppe Mamone, Settimo Caruso, Kelvin Cortis, Roberto Miraglia
Giuseppe Mamone, Settimo Caruso, Roberto Miraglia, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, IRCCS ISMETT (Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies), 90127 Palermo, Italy
Kelvin Cortis, Medical Imaging Department, Mater Dei Hospital, MSD2090 Msida, Malta
Author contributions: Mamone G designed this paper with input from Miraglia R; Caruso S wrote this paper with Mamone G and selected the pictures; Cortis K reviewed the first draft of the article and the bibliography; Miraglia R critically reviewed the article and approved the final version to be submitted; Miraglia R takes responsibility for the integrity and the accuracy of the data.
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Correspondence to: Giuseppe Mamone, MD, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, IRCCS ISMETT (Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies), via Tricomi 5, 90127 Palermo, Italy.
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Received: June 20, 2016
Peer-review started: June 22, 2016
First decision: August 22, 2016
Revised: September 5, 2016
Accepted: September 28, 2016
Article in press: September 28, 2016
Published online: December 21, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: We present a patient with focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) of the liver who was followed up for 7 years. A 26-year-old woman with a 5-year history of oral contraceptive use was referred to our hospital in February 2005 for further examination of a liver tumour. The diagnosis of FNH was made using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with hepatospecific contrast media. After 7-year from the diagnosis, we observed the complete spontaneous regression of the lesion by enhanced MR scanning. In this patient, discontinuation of oral contraceptive use and two childbirths may have influenced the natural history of FNH.