Hemangioma of the liver is a non-malignant (benign) mass in the liver. The hepatic hemangioma consists of a tangle of blood vessels. Other terms for liver hemangioma are the liver cavernous hemangioma.
Most cases of hepatic haemangiomas have been found during a test or procedure for other conditions. People with liver haemangioma rarely experience signs and liver hemangioma symptoms.
This can be disturbing when you know you have a mass in the liver, even if it is a mild mass. There is no evidence that untreated liver hemangioma can lead to liver cancer in most cases, the hepatic hemangioma does not cause any liver hemangioma symptoms.
When the hepatic hemangioma causes signs and symptoms
Pain in the right upper abdomen feels full after eating only a small amount of food.
NauseaVomitingHowever, these symptoms are non-specific and may result from something else, even if you have a hepatic haemangioma.
Causes liver hemangioma symptoms
It is not clear what causes the formation of a hemangioma. Doctors believe that hemangiomas are congenital – which means that you are born with them.
The hepatic haemangioma usually occurs as a single abnormal collection of blood vessels less than about 1.5 inches wide (approximately 4 centimeters). Occasionally hemangiomas can be larger or occur repeatedly. Young children may have large hemangiomas, but this is very rare.
In most people, hepatic hemangioma never grows and never causes any signs or symptoms. However, in a small number of people, the hepatic haemangioma will grow, causing complications and requiring treatment. It is not clear why this is happening.
Factors that may increase the risk that the hemangioma of the liver causes signs and liver hemangioma symptoms include:
Pregnancy. Pregnant women are more susceptible to diagnosing a hepatic haemangioma than women who have never been pregnant.
A rarely growing hemangioma can cause signs and symptoms that may require treatment, including pain in the right upper abdominal quadrant, abdominal distension or nausea.
Having a liver haemangioma does not mean you can not get pregnant. However, discussing possible complications with your doctor can help you make a more informed choice. But this is controversial. If you are considering using these types of medicines, discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.