Hepatic hemangioma is a tumor / mass on the liver. It is not carcinogenic. By and large, they are present since birth. The mass is actually a clump of under-developed blood vessels. Invariably, symptoms do not become apparent, but, sometimes the hemangioma can enlarge, and cause severe symptoms and complications.
Liver Hemangioma Symptoms
- Initially, the patient is asymptomatic, without any presenting symptoms; and the condition becomes known during routine examination / investigation.
- As the mass enlarges, abdominal symptoms develop. Symptoms include: discomfort and pain in the abdomen (upper right side), no appetite, easy satiety and feeling full and bloated, nausea, vomiting and occasional dyspepsia.
Liver Hemangioma Treatment
- If the condition is asymptomatic, without any troublesome symptoms, you don’t require treatment. The doctor may not prescribe any medications.
- The mass is harmless and is not cancerous; there is no co-relation between hepatic hemangioma and cancer of the liver.
- if, other the other hand, the mass becomes too large, it may has an influence on the adjacent organs.
- Treatment depends on how big the mass is, where exactly it is located and the intensity of the symptoms. Radiation therapy is a therapy of choice; it destroys the cells of the hemangioma.
Liver Hemangioma Surgery
- Sometimes, surgical intervention may become vital to excise the hemangioma or to obstruct the flow of blood flow to the mass. Sometimes, a liver transplant may be required.