The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

Liver Adenoma

The liver is a large organ that sits inside the rib cage on the right side of the abdomen above the gallbladder and near the stomach, pancreas and intestines. The liver has 400+ functions, but it's main job is to filter blood from the digestive tract: metabolizing nutrition that it receives from the intestine, removing toxins and processing medications and drugs.

A liver adenoma — also called a hepatic adenoma — is tumor, usually non-cancerous, that develops in the bile ducts or in liver cells. In rare cases, a person may develop multiple tumors. Also in rare cases, these tumors may go from being benign to being cancerous.

Most liver adenomas don't cause symptoms and don't need to be treated. However, in rare cases, large adenomas can cause pain and internal bleeding.

Why Us? 
  • We have expertise in minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant  pancreatic and liver diseases, including single incision and robot-assisted procedures

  • We are at the forefront of new treatment options, such as ablative treatments (shrinking a tumor through radiofrequency and microwave rays) for liver tumors

Treatment Options 

Surgery to remove a liver adenoma is usually reserved for rare cases of very large tumors, which can rupture and cause severe bleeding. Surgery to remove the tumor may also be recommended as a way to ensure that the tumor doesn't become cancerous.

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