Cystic hepatic lesions: a review and an algorithmic approach

Amir A. Borhani, Amanda Wiant, Matthew T. Heller*

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to review the different cystic hepatic lesions, with an emphasis on the imaging features that help to differentiate them, and to propose a practical algorithm for approaching the diagnosis of these lesions. CONCLUSION. The number and morphology of the lesions and determination of whether there is a solid component are key imaging features that are helpful for approaching the diagnosis of cystic hepatic lesions. Familiarity with these features and knowledge of the clinical associations will help the radiologist to establish a definitive diagnosis or provide a reasonable differential diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1192-1204
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014


  • Cystic hepatic lesion
  • Cystic liver lesion
  • Focal hepatic lesion
  • Liver cyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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