Pathology of Cholangiocarcinoma

  • Shigetaka Sugihara
  • Masamichi Kojiro


Primary liver cancer is roughly divided into hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) arising from liver cells and cholangiocarcinoma arising from the epithelium of the bile ducts. Of these, the pathological characteristics of cholangiocarcinoma have not yet been elucidated fully because its incidence is low compared with that of HCC and because its differentiation from extrahepatic bile duct cancer is often difficult. Only carcinomas arising from the intrahepatic bile ducts should be classified as cholangiocarcinoma. Carcinomas originating from the right and left hepatic ducts and the area of their junction are generally classified as the hilar type of cholangiocarcinoma, because it is often difficult clinically and pathologically to distinguish the intrahepatic bile duct carcinomas from extrahepatic carcinomas [1–5].


Bile Duct Hepatic Duct Extrahepatic Bile Duct Intrahepatic Bile Duct Primary Liver Cancer 
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  • Shigetaka Sugihara
  • Masamichi Kojiro
    • 1
  1. 1.The First Department of PathologyKurume University School of MedicineKurume, 830Japan

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