Congenital Hepatic Cysts

  • Morven Allan
  • Mark DavenportEmail author


Congenital hepatic cysts are rare but with an increasing prevalence due to antenatal ultrasonography. Cysts which arise solely from within the liver parenchyma can be divided into four categories: simple hepatic cysts, mesenchymal hamartomas, ciliated hepatic foregut cysts, and intrahepatic choledochal malformations. Distinguishing between these categories can be difficult, and diagnosis should be deferred until after birth. Whilst the majority of simple hepatic cysts can be managed conservatively, both mesenchymal hamartomas and ciliated hepatic foregut cysts should be excised.


Congenital hepatic cysts Mesenchymal hamartoma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Paediatric SurgeryKings College HospitalLondonUK

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