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Pseudolesion in the right parafissural liver parenchyma on CT: The base is found in embryology and collagen content


Klein, Willemijn M; Sonnemans, Lianne J P; Franckenberg, Sabine; Fliss, Barbara; Gascho, Dominic; Prokop, Mathias; Lamers, Wouter H; Hikspoors, Jill P J M; Thali, Michael J; Flach, Patricia M (2020). Pseudolesion in the right parafissural liver parenchyma on CT: The base is found in embryology and collagen content. PLoS ONE, 15(1):e0221544.

Abstract

Background: Computed tomography (CT) images of livers may show a hypo-attenuated structure alongside the falciform ligament, which can be a focal fatty pseudolesion and can mimic a malignancy. The preferred location is on the right parafissural site, ventral in segment IVa/b. The etiology is not clear, nor is it known how the histology of this location develops. These are evaluated in this study.
Methods: 40 adult cadavers with autopsy and / or postmortem CT in a university hospital and a forensic center were included. Liver biopsies were taken at the left side of the falciform ligament as control, and at the right side as the possible precursor of a pseudolesion; these were examined for collagen and fat content. Cadavers with steatotic (>5% fat) or fibrotic (>2% collagen) control samples were excluded.
Results: Significantly more collagen was present in the right parafissural liver parenchyma: median 0.68% (IQR: 0.32–1.17%), compared to the left side 0.48% (IQR: 0.21–0.75%) (p 0.008), with equal fat content and CT attenuation values. The etiophysiology goes back to the demise of the umbilical venes in the early embryonic and neonatal period.
Conclusions: The right parafissural area contains more collagen and an equal amount of fat compared to the control left side. This supports the hypothesis of delayed, ‘third’ inflow: the postnatal change in blood supply from umbilical to portal leaves the downstream parafissural area hypoperfused leading to hypoxia which in turn results in collagen accumulation and the persistence of paraumbilical veins of Sappey.

Abstract

Background: Computed tomography (CT) images of livers may show a hypo-attenuated structure alongside the falciform ligament, which can be a focal fatty pseudolesion and can mimic a malignancy. The preferred location is on the right parafissural site, ventral in segment IVa/b. The etiology is not clear, nor is it known how the histology of this location develops. These are evaluated in this study.
Methods: 40 adult cadavers with autopsy and / or postmortem CT in a university hospital and a forensic center were included. Liver biopsies were taken at the left side of the falciform ligament as control, and at the right side as the possible precursor of a pseudolesion; these were examined for collagen and fat content. Cadavers with steatotic (>5% fat) or fibrotic (>2% collagen) control samples were excluded.
Results: Significantly more collagen was present in the right parafissural liver parenchyma: median 0.68% (IQR: 0.32–1.17%), compared to the left side 0.48% (IQR: 0.21–0.75%) (p 0.008), with equal fat content and CT attenuation values. The etiophysiology goes back to the demise of the umbilical venes in the early embryonic and neonatal period.
Conclusions: The right parafissural area contains more collagen and an equal amount of fat compared to the control left side. This supports the hypothesis of delayed, ‘third’ inflow: the postnatal change in blood supply from umbilical to portal leaves the downstream parafissural area hypoperfused leading to hypoxia which in turn results in collagen accumulation and the persistence of paraumbilical veins of Sappey.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Legal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
610 Medicine & health
510 Mathematics
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Life Sciences > General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Health Sciences > Multidisciplinary
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine
Language:English
Date:27 January 2020
Deposited On:26 Feb 2020 10:49
Last Modified:11 May 2020 19:46
Publisher:Public Library of Science (PLoS)
ISSN:1932-6203
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0221544
PubMed ID:31986149

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