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This question was answered on Sun 16, Mar 2008 07:36pm by Dr Fernando, MD

i got a liver cyst - is liver cyst dangerous can it form into cancer

Asked by tinys72 (Male ) on Sun 16, Mar 2008 04:03pm

is liver cyst dangerous can it form into cancer What are my treatment options for …? What experimental drug or clinical trial would you suggest for…? What kind of prognosis should I anticipate for… ? Based on my profile, what do you think my risk for…is? What questions should I ask my oncologist when considering… ? Should I see a doctor regarding the following symptoms… ?

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Answer by Dr Fernando, MD  on Sun 16, Mar 2008 07:36pm:

Hi, A cyst is a mass in any body organ which encloses fluid material in a cavity. Cysts that occur in the liver can have various causes, but these are usually not cancerous. Nor do the usual types of liver cysts have the potential of transforming into cancer later on. There are certain types of cystic malignancies originating from other body organs (examples: ovarian cystadenocarcinoma, hemangioendothelioma) which can metastasize to the liver and form cancerous cystic liver tumors, but these are relatively uncommon. The more common causes of liver cysts are non-cancerous, and include the following: 1. Infection. Bacteria or amoeba can invade the liver and cause pus-filled cysts (abscess). Tapeworm infestation can also result in formation of liver cysts (hydatid cysts) containing tapeworm larvae. 2. Trauma. Blood-filled cysts (hematoma) can result from any significant traumatic injury involving the liver. 3. Polycystic Liver Disease. This is a genetic disorder which results in the dilatation of the glands and ducts of various organs, but particularly, the kidneys and liver. Caroli Disease is another such genetic disorder resulting in progressive dilatation of intrahepatic bile ducts. These diseases have not been established to result in subsequent malignant transformation. Treatment would depend on the cause of the liver cyst. Bacterial and amoebic abscesses, as well as hydatid cysts can be treated with the appropriate antimicrobials or antihelminthic medications. Liver hematoma can either be drained surgically, or if it is not very large, supportive care can be administered while waiting for the hematoma to resolve spontaneously. Embolization of the hepatic artery can decrease the size of liver cysts in polycystic liver disease. Surgical resection of the cysts can also be done. If you have a liver cyst, the best thing to do is to have it properly evaluated and diagnosed, so that the appropriate treatment can be given.

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Comment by Marie on Fri 08, May 2009 10:58am: Can you get a liver cyst by taking to much medication? E.G. naproxen or loratab
Comment by Sheila on Mon 21, Sep 2009 07:07am: yes the info was good I have one question. How can they tell if it is a cysts or cancer from an ultrasound?
Comment by Patty on Mon 21, Sep 2009 07:10am: How can you tell from an ultrasound if it is liver cancer or cysts
Comment by on Sat 16, Jan 2010 12:24pm: I got a small 2mm cyst on my liver following radiation from cancer. I recently had stomach pain and got a ct done and now the cyst is 4mm. So...what does that mean?
Comment by JG on Thu 25, Feb 2010 12:05pm: I have been diagnosed with multiple liver cyst with one being 9mm in the liver. I have been experiencing great pressure under the breast and down the right front plus the back under shoulder blade. Even bruised feeling in the under arm between elbow and shoulder. I guess it just seems scarey that these are not harmful and yet give these discomforting side effects. Is it that dangerous to remove the cyst from this area? What could happen?
Comment by Jennifer McEwen on Mon 06, Sep 2010 06:46pm: My 5 year old daughter has been having tummy aches and back aches off and on for almost the last year. We took her to her pediatrician in April 2010 and they found a 2cm cyst on the backside of her liver. We had to go see a specialist at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, Ca. They said it does not look like cancer from the MRCP so they are going to leave it there and re look at it in December. They do not want it to grow. If it never grows it can stay there. I am just concerned since she is so little and young that this never turns into something like cancer or if she does need to get it taken out they said it would be tricky to get to.

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