Ileal carcinoid with liver metastasis presenting after ten years with abdominal mass and right heart failure: Report of a case

Mattia Stella, Franco Decian, François Mithieux, Pierre Meeus, Michel Rivoire

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Abstract

A case of ileal carcinoid metastatic to the liver is reported. The diagnosis was made and treatment given ten years after the detection of a left hypervascular liver mass, which was first confounded with a hemangioma. The onset of right heart failure led to surgical replacement of the tricuspid and pulmonary valves. After cardiac surgery the patient underwent an ileal resection and left hepatectomy for a cystic left liver metastasis. Isolated right heart failure and cystic degeneration of a liver metastasis are uncommon features of metastatic carcinoid tumors; only a few cases have been described in the literature. Cardiac surgery is recommended before liver surgery to reduce venous pressure and consequent bleeding during hepatectomy. Surgical treatment of liver metastases may relieve endocrine symptoms and result in an overall five-year survival rate of 47%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-85
Number of pages3
JournalTumori
Volume92
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

Keywords

  • Heart failure
  • Ileal carcinoid
  • Liver metastasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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