Acute nontraumatic liver lesions

J Ultrasound (2013) 16:179–186

Autori: Marcello Caremani • Danilo Tacconi • Laura Lapini

The principal conditions requiring emergency/ urgent intervention in patients with nontraumatic liver lesions are hemorrhage (with or without tumor rupture), rupture of hydatid cysts (with or without infection), complications arising from liver abscesses or congenital liver cysts, rupture related to peliosis hepatis, and in rare cases spontaneous hemorrhage.

This article examines each of these conditions, its appearance on ultrasound (the first-line imaging method of choice for assessing any urgent nontraumatic liver lesion) and indications for additional imaging studies.