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Liver: hepatic metastases – at surgery

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Liver: hepatic metastases - at surgery

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  1. The liver is a common site for metastasis from many neoplasms.
  2. Typically (as in this case) metastases appear as defined nodular lesions within the liver parenchyma.
  3. Hepatic neoplasia may be diffuse infiltration (more common with tumors such as lymphoma), nodular or discrete masses.
  4. Differentials for hepatic nodules are regenerative nodules associated with cirrhosis, abscess (rare in small animals) and cysts and other diseases such as FIP, cholangiohepatitis and lipidosis should be considered if the liver appears abnormal at surgery.
  5. Hepatic biopsy should be taken to confirm diagnosis.