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Pan JY, Seto KY, Wai CT
Correspondence: Dr Chun-Tao Wai, email@example.com
A 37-year-old Chinese man with chronic hepatitis B, who frequently defaulted past follow-up appointments, was admitted for acute abdomen and shock. Computed tomography of the abdomen revealed a ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma involving the left lobe. After fluid resuscitation, gelfoam embolisation was performed to arrest the bleeding, followed by segmental resection of the hepatic lesion. There was aggressive recurrence following left segmental hepatectomy, and despite two courses of transarterial chemoembolisation, the patient died of local and pulmonary recurrences five months after his initial presentation. The management of hepatocellular carcinoma rupture is discussed.
Keywords: chemoembolisation, hepatectomy, hepatitis B, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver tumour, ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma
Singapore Med J 2007; 48(5): 469–474