Howard Harvin

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  • Posterior parahepatic cyst as an incidental finding-review of 40 cases CLINICAL RADIOLOGY Harvin, H. J., Adduci, A. J. 2010; 65 (1): 26-33


    To describe the characteristic imaging features of the incidental, isolated posterior parahepatic cyst.Out of 150 patients previously identified on computed tomography (CT) to have an incidental, isolated posterior parahepatic cyst, 40 patients had lesions that were large enough to be assessed for enhancement on CT and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and had at least 1 year of imaging follow-up. All available CT, MRI, and 2- [(18)F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) examinations for these 40 patients were reviewed, and the lesions were assessed for size, attenuation, and location relative to the spine and right kidney.For the 40 patients reviewed, all parahepatic lesions were shown to be cysts by absence of identifiable enhancement on CT or MRI. Cysts ranged in size from 3mm to 2.5cm. Hounsfield unit (HU) measurements ranged from 12HU to 83HU. In the transverse plane, all cysts were located lateral to the lateral margin of the right kidney. In the craniocaudal dimension, all cysts were at or above the level of the right kidney, and all were located between the T11-12 and L1-2 vertebral levels. All cysts were stable on follow-up imaging with a mean duration of follow-up of 41 months.Isolated, indolent posterior parahepatic cysts have a characteristic appearance and location and demonstrate benign behaviour with stability on follow-up imaging. These cysts should be considered in the differential diagnosis for isolated parahepatic lesions, and the imaging features described here aid in the distinction of these cysts from other entities such as metastatic disease.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.crad.2009.09.006

    View details for Web of Science ID 000273961400005

    View details for PubMedID 20103418

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