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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 268-270

Left hepatectomy in a 3-month-old infant with congenital hepatoblastoma

Department of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatrics, B.J. Government Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Minakshi Bhosale
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4847.165694

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Hepatoblastoma, the most common malignant liver tumor of infancy is known to present at a median age of 18 months. However, we happened to manage a case of a 3-month-old male infant with hepatoblastoma involving the left lobe of the liver. He underwent complete primary surgical excision of the tumor (left hepatectomy) and received six cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy thereafter. At a follow-up of 2 years, he is tumor-free as diagnosed by radiological investigations and follow-up serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels. Even on a thorough literature search, we did not find a similar report of an infant who has undergone elective primary surgical excision, except for the instances requiring emergency hepatectomy for hemoperitoneum resulting from perinatal tumor rupture. This is probably one of the youngest children in world literature with congenital hepatoblastoma, undergoing successful hepatectomy at presentation.

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