Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the liver: Report of a rare case and review of the literature

Yusuke Arakawa, Mitsuo Shimada, Toru Ikegami, Takayuki Kubo, Satoru Imura, Yuji Morine, Hirofumi Kanemura, Hiroki Mori

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Abstract

Although a mucoepidermoid carcinoma is sometimes seen as a neoplasm originating from the salivary glands, its origination from the liver is rare. A review of the medical literature in the English language disclosed only 16 cases originating from the hepatic system. The case explored here is that of an 81-year-old female, without any significant medical history, who was referred to our hospital for elevated liver function tests. Computed tomography (CT) showed a huge tumor, 10cm in diameter, in the right lobe of the liver. The central part of the tumor was consistently un-enhanced, suggesting a large necrotic area. The liver tumor was diagnosed as mucoepidermoid carcinoma by a percutaneous biopsy. Despite chemotherapy with radiation therapy, the tumor showed very aggressive malignancy, resulting in early mortality. We herein report on a rare case of primary mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the liver with pulmonary and lymph node metastasis, confirmed by autopsy, and review the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-742
Number of pages7
JournalHepatology Research
Volume38
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2008

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Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma
Liver
Neoplasms
Salivary Gland Neoplasms
Liver Function Tests
Autopsy
Language
Radiotherapy
Lymph Nodes
Tomography
Neoplasm Metastasis
Biopsy
Drug Therapy
Lung
Mortality

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  • Hepatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the liver : Report of a rare case and review of the literature. / Arakawa, Yusuke; Shimada, Mitsuo; Ikegami, Toru; Kubo, Takayuki; Imura, Satoru; Morine, Yuji; Kanemura, Hirofumi; Mori, Hiroki.

In: Hepatology Research, Vol. 38, No. 7, 01.07.2008, p. 736-742.

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Arakawa, Y, Shimada, M, Ikegami, T, Kubo, T, Imura, S, Morine, Y, Kanemura, H & Mori, H 2008, 'Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the liver: Report of a rare case and review of the literature', Hepatology Research, vol. 38, no. 7, pp. 736-742. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1872-034X.2008.00335.x
Arakawa, Yusuke ; Shimada, Mitsuo ; Ikegami, Toru ; Kubo, Takayuki ; Imura, Satoru ; Morine, Yuji ; Kanemura, Hirofumi ; Mori, Hiroki. / Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the liver : Report of a rare case and review of the literature. In: Hepatology Research. 2008 ; Vol. 38, No. 7. pp. 736-742.
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