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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-27

Primary hepatic carcinoid tumors: A case report and literature review


1 Department of Surgery, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 International Medical Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Adel Johari
Department of Surgery, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/2320-3846.118154

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Primary hepatic carcinoid is a rare disease and requires meticulous workup for the search of primary in other organs. A 56-year-old male, known hypertensive, presented in November 2007 with epigastric discomfort and indigestion on and off for 2 months. There was no history of diarrhea, flushing attacks, or cardiac symptoms. He had no family history of carcinoids or any other chronic disease. On examination, he was afebrile, pulse rate was 83/min, and BP was 166/95 mm Hg. Per-abdominal examination revealed mild tenderness in the epigastrium and enlarged liver. Computerized tomography abdomen showed a capsulated huge liver lesion (11 × 10 × 13 cm) in the left lobe of the liver, displacing the left hepatic artery, while rest of the liver was normal. There was no evidence of carcinoid tumor in any other organ. He was operated and left hepatic lobectomy was done. Histology showed primary hepatic carcinoid. He is being followed up in our OPD till date and has shown no recurrence. Primary hepatic carcinoid is a rare disease which is not associated with the symptoms of carcinoid syndrome in majority of patients, and therefore should be diagnosed after extensive search for primary in the other organs. Ultimate diagnosis should be made by histology and immunohistochemistry.


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