Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment for Benign Liver Tumors
A benign tumor is a growth made up of abnormal but noncancerous cells. They typically don’t grow or spread to other parts of the body, but, if they do grow, they do so very slowly and rarely cause any major health risks.
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Types of Benign Liver Tumors
The three most common types of benign liver tumors are:
- Focal Nodular Hyperplasias (FNH)
The second most common type of benign liver tumor, FNH most often develops in young women. Like hemangiomas, these tumors rarely cause symptoms or require treatment. However, if very large, they can lead to complications such as bleeding and rupture.
A a mass of abnormal blood vessels in the liver. Hemangiomas are the most common type of benign liver tumor and occur more frequently in women than men. Unless this type of tumor is very large and/or pressing on other structures, it usually has no symptoms and does not require treatment.
- Hepatocellular Adenomas
The least common type of benign liver tumor, adenomas occur most often in women of childbearing age and may be associated with the use of high-estrogen oral contraceptives. Although liver adenomas rarely cause symptoms, your doctor may advise discontinuing birth control pills or estrogen therapy to shrink the tumor and prevent further growth.