Benign liver tumors

Benign (noncancerous) liver tumors are common. They are often discovered by an ultrasound or other imaging tests while searching for information about health issues not related to liver disease. 


Most benign liver tumors are asymptomatic, which means there are no signs, but some may cause abdominal pain or the liver to swell. 


Often there is no need for treatment. In some cases, additional testing, such as specialized imaging or a liver biopsy, may be necessary to make sure the tumor is not malignant (cancer). A team of specialists from hepatology, radiology, and interventional radiology may carefully review your test results, determine whether it is benign or malignant. If treatment is determined to be the next best step, we will work with you to develop a plan that is right for you. If we conclude that treatment is not necessary, we may ask that you return on a regular basis so we can continue to check on the liver lesion and make sure there are not any changes.