Pediatric liver lesions are a heterogeneous group that include infiltrative lesions and those that demonstrate mass effect. Moreover, they may be solitary or multiple, benign or malignant:
There are differing frequencies of both benign and malignant liver masses in children 2:
- 1-12 months: hemangioma, hamartoma
- 1-10 years: hepatoblastoma (especially <5 years)
- 11-18 years: hepatocellular carcinoma
The assessment of a liver mass in a child balances clinical history with biochemical investigation and imaging.
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