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Old 08-08-2007, 02:38 PM   #1
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Giant Hemangioma and Possible Liver Resection

Hi! I have been following three liver hemangiomas the past two years. I stopped bcp immediately after diagnosis. However, one has continued to grow from 2.5 to 5.5 cm. It is on the posterior side of the right lobe. As of the beginning of this year, it has become symptomatic. I experience intense shoulder pain...particularly during my period and for two weeks thereafter. It is not a muscle is deep inside my shoulder, sometimes hurts on top near my shoulderblade...sometimes radiates to the back of my shoulder. My docs think that the tumor may thrombose and, due to its position, it is irritating my diaphragm, which is causing the shoulder pain. In addition, it hurts to take a deep breath sometimes. My liver docs told me that when a hemangioma becomes symptomatic, it is up to me and my quality of life on what to do about it. I am considering having it taken out. In addition, in a couple of years, I'd like to have a baby. My OB/GYN told me that pregnancy would be contraindicated for someone with only half a liver and certainly contraindicated in my present situation with it growing. He also thinks resection is a pretty risky procedure for an othewise healthy person. He wants me to talk to a perinatologist regarding my consideration of pregnancy after a right lobectomy. Does anyone out there have information regarding their recovery from a liver resection and what to expect? Any complications? Any info regarding a laparascopic liver resection? Has anyone had a pregnancy after a liver resection? Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 08-11-2007, 06:09 AM   #2
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Re: Giant Hemangioma and Possible Liver Resection


Can't they deal with that hemangioma SHORT of a liver resection: Cautery or something less debilitating?

I have a friend who is just living with his...he had colon cancer and the MRI found this tennis ball sized mass. They had him measured for hospice and a casket from metastatic cancer but it was found to be a hemangioma and was ignored. He is fine a decade later, huge asymtomatic hemangioma and all. His liver consult said that this rather common condition all but didn't exist before the inventions of the CT and MRI scans and was found only at autopsy from other causes.

I know these tend to MUCH more of a problem for women because the liver masses tend to "menstruate."

Confront a liver specialist with what your OBGYN said and let the two of them "duke it out."
Probably pregnancy would ease your symptoms by eliminating your menses...but on the other hand, the growing fetus will exert more pressure on your liver/diaphragm.

Old 08-12-2007, 08:01 PM   #3
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Re: Giant Hemangioma and Possible Liver Resection

Thanks for the info! Usually, nothing is done for hemangiomas unless they are symptomatic. Radio Frequency Ablation and Embolization were ruled out due to the location of the hemangioma being right near my diaphragm.

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