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Spontaneous rupture of a metastatic liver tumour is rarely documented in the literature when compared to hepatocellular carcinoma and other liver lesions, especially from a lung primary. We report a case of ruptured liver metastasis from an adenocarcinoma of the lung mimicking ruptured liver abscess, challenging the clinical diagnosis. A 42-year-female patient presented to a tertiary care institute in 2020 with complaints of abdominal pain, breathlessness and fever. On examination, the patient was tachypnoeic with a right hypochondriac mass. A contrast-enhanced computed tomography of abdomen and thorax revealed an ill-defined heterogeneously enhancing lesion in the liver with a communicating subcapsular collection and hypo-enhancing lesions in the left lobe and heterogeneously enhancing lesion in the left lung. Adenocarcinoma of the lung with hepatic metastasis was confirmed with a core needle biopsy. The patient was managed conservatively with intravenous antibiotics, intercostal drainage tube and gefitinib. However, despite best efforts, the patient succumbed to the disease.


Keywords: Metastasis; Spontaneous Rupture; Hepatocellular Carcinoma; Thyroid Transcription Factor; Liver Abscess; Case Report; India.

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Jayanth, K., Madan, S., Gurushankari, B., Sureshkumar, S., Anandhi, A., NG, R., & Kate, V. (2022). The Diagnostic Dilemma of Ruptured Liver Metastasis in a Patient with Lung Cancer: A case report. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, 22(3), 421–425. https://doi.org/10.18295/squmj.6.2021.091