Korean J Hepatol.  2004 Jun;10(2):148-153.

A Case of Hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma Invading the Gallbladder

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Cheongju St. Mary's Hospital, Cheongju, Korea. ahnsir@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of General Surgery, Cheongju St. Mary's Hospital, Cheongju, Korea.
  • 3Department of Pathology, Cheongju St. Mary's Hospital, Cheongju, Korea.

Abstract

Metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma occurs at a relatively late stage of the disease. Hematogenous and lymphatic metastases are the most common routes for dissemination of tumor cells. Hepatocellular carcinoma also extends into the adjacent portal vein and bile ducts. Since there is no peritoneum between the body of the gallbladder and the liver fossa, gallbladder cancer can easily cross the boundary. Gallbladder invasion of hepatocellular carcinoma, however, is quite rare. We report a case of hepatocellular- cholangiocarcinoma in a non-cirrhotic liver that invaded the gallbladder mimicking the gallbladder carcinoma complicated by cholecystitis and liver abscess.

Keyword

Neoplasm/Liver/Hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma carcinoma; Metastasis; Gallbladder
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