Once the diagnosis is established, don’t prescribe systematic abdominal ultrasound checkup in asymptomatic patients with epathic angiomas < 30 mm in diameter.

Type of practice

Imaging

Topic Area

Gastroenterology

Up to 5-20% of the population have epathic angiomas, furthermore only occasionally encountered in asymptomatic patients. Typical angiomas that are small in size can be entirely benign and don’t require any further ecographic control.

Sources

1. European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). EASL Clinical Practice Guidelines on the management of benign liver tumours. J Hepatol. 2016 Aug;65(2):386-98.
2. Gandolfi L et al. Natural history of hepatic haemangiomas: clinical and ultrasound study. Gut. 1991 Jun;32(6):677-80.

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