Small Hepatocellular Carcinoma

  • Kunio Okuda
  • Masamichi Kojiro


The poor prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is due in part to the difficulties in early diagnosis. Only after the advent of real-time ultrasonography (US) has early detection become possible. Japanese gastroenterologists soon realized that this modality is most effective in the detection of small HCC [1–3], and a program for early detection has since been established in most gastrointestinal units throughout Japan. In this chapter, the historical background of the early diagnosis of HCC and current experience and understanding of small HCC in Japan and elsewhere will be presented.


Hepatocellular Carcinoma Small Hepatocellular Carcinoma Lular Carcinoma Small HCCs Tocellular Carcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kunio Okuda
    • 1
  • Masamichi Kojiro
    • 2
  1. 1.First Department of MedicineChiba University School of MedicineInohana, Chiba, 280Japan
  2. 2.The First Department of PathologyKurume University School of MedicineKurume 830Japan

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