Published online Nov 27, 2012. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v4.i11.314
Revised: December 14, 2011
Accepted: October 22, 2012
Published online: November 27, 2012
Focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) and hepatocellular adenoma (HA) are both benign hepatocellular lesions, presenting mainly in women of childbearing age in non-cirrhotic, non-fibrotic livers. Simultaneous occurrence of these two lesions is extremely rare. We herein report a case of a young female without any predisposing risk factors who presented to our emergency department complaining of acute abdominal pain. Imaging studies revealed a 6 cm lesion in the right hepatic lobe and a 2.5 cm lesion in the left hepatic lobe, respectively. In view of the patient’s symptoms and lack of a confirmed diagnosis based on imaging, we performed a bisegmentectomy V-VI and a wedge resection of the lesion in segment III by laparotomy. Postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged on the fourth postoperative day. The pathology report demonstrated an HA in segments V-VI and FNH in segment III, respectively. Six months later, the patient remains asymptomatic with normal liver function tests, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging follow-up. To our best knowledge, this is the first case to describe simultaneous occurrence of HA and FNH without the presence of any known risk factors for these entities. The uncertainty in diagnosis and acuteness of presenting symptoms were established criteria for prompt surgical intervention.