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A liver hemangioma is a type of hepatic tumor. However, it is considered a "benign"
A liver hemangioma is normally quite small, no more than 0.6 centimeters in diameter. However, some liver hemangiomas can grow to a larger size, as much as 8 to 10 cm in diameter. Very few liver hemangiomas cause any symptoms. For that reason, most liver hemangiomas can be discovered only in the course of diagnosing other disorders, often through medical imaging such as ultrasound or computerized tomography (CT).
The largest hemangiomas do sometimes have symptoms, especially if they are large enough to put significant pressure on other organs. When symptoms occur, they can include nausea, pain, or a congested stomach that causes a feeling of fullness after very little food intake. Large hemangiomas can, on very rare occasions, burst. Ruptured hematomas result in internal bleeding and sometimes severe pain, and can even present a danger of mortality.
There is no medical consensus on what causes liver hemangiomas to form, although most doctors believe there are congenital (genetic) factors involved. The tumors are not associated with any other liver diseases such as cirrhosis, fatty liver, or liver cancer. Continued below....
The period of greatest risk to develop hemangioma liver tumros, should causative factors be active, is between 30 and 50 years of age, especially for women, and even more especially for women who have been pregnant or who are taking hormones either for birth control or as replacement drugs for treatment for menopause.
Although this is not certain and is mainly a deduction from the observed greater
incidence of hemangioma in women, pregnant women, and women undergoing hormone therapy,
it is speculated that the hormone estrogen may play a role in the formation of the
tumors. Estrogen is found in greater concentration in women than in men (although
it is present in both sexes).
Liver hemangioma almost always presents no significant health risk and so almost never requires treatment. As noted above, the tumors are non-
There is some risk of complications to pregnancy and childbirth from liver hemangioma. This is mainly due to the increased estrogen concentration in the bloodstream during pregnancy. This may cause existing hemangiomas to grow larger, and if the growth is sufficient to bring on symptoms or present a health risk, surgical treatment may become desirable.
This is not a reason a woman should avoid having children, but like other potential
risks such as high blood pressure or herpes simplex, it's something for a physician
to keep an eye on. Many of the same considerations apply to the use of birth-
Also, any other medications which can alter hormone balances, either deliberately
or as a side effect, raise the same concerns. As with pregnancy, the main thing is
to be aware of the potential problem; liver hemangioma is not an absolute counter-
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