Ultrasonographic characteristics of small hepatocellular carcinoma.

T. Higashi, K. Tobe, K. Asano, H. Ikeda, T. Ohsawa, Y. Iwasaki, K. Nouso, N. Shinji, Y. Morimoto, Y. Satoh

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The ultrasonographic characteristics of hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) were investigated. Four typical features of HCCs, "mosaic internal echo pattern", "halo", "lateral shadow" and "posterior echo enhancement", were not recognized in minute HCCs smaller than 2 cm in diameter. These characteristics developed as the tumors grew. Only hypoechoic space-occupying lesions can be considered as small HCCs. In differentiating small HCCs from hypoechoic non-malignant space-occupying lesions in the cirrhotic liver, the ratios of short to long dimensions of the lesions seemed to be important since the ratios of HCCs were significantly larger than those of non-malignant lesions. The fact that 3 hyperechoic small HCCs could not be diagnosed even by celiac arteriography has suggested to us that ultrasonically guided biopsies should be performed in order to differentiate from small hemangiomas. Serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels of 1/3 of the patients with HCCs were below 100 ng/ml, indicating that it is impossible to detect small HCCs only by measuring serum AFP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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