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Hemangioma of the Liver Overview

What is hemangioma of the liver?
A hemangioma of the liver is a benign tumor made up of blood vessels in the liver. Benign tumors are abnormal growths of cells that have formed a mass. Benign tumors are not cancerous because they do not spread to other areas of the body. The cause of hemangioma of the liver is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk.

What are the symptoms of hemangioma of the liver?
Usually, hemangiomas of the liver do not cause symptoms. Rare symptoms of hemangioma of the liver include liver enlargement, abdominal swelling, and right upper abdominal pain.

How does the doctor treat hemangioma of the liver?
A hemangioma of the liver does not require treatment unless it causes symptoms. Treatment for hemangioma of the liver may include surgery, arterial embolization, or radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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