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Abstract

Spontaneous rupture of a metastatic liver tumour is rarely documented in literature when compared to hepatocellular carcinoma and other liver lesions, especially from a lung primary. Here 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 presented in July 2020 with complaints of abdominal pain, breathlessness, fever. On examination, the patient was tachypneic 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: Liver secondaries; Spontaneous rupture; Hepatocellular carcinoma; Thyroid transcription factor; Liver abscess.

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Jayanth, K. S., Madan, S., Gurushankari, B., Sureshkumar, S., Anandhi, A., NG, R., & Kate, V. (2021). The Diagnostic Dilemma of Ruptured Liver Metastasis in a Patient with Lung Cancer: A case report. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal [SQUMJ], 1(1). https://doi.org/10.18295/squmj.6.2021.091