Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts - tumor
Benign tumors / conditions
Biliary cyst

Author: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 14 November 2017, last major update February 2012

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Definition / general
  • Unilocular; single or multiple; when multiple usually a component of adult polycystic kidney disease
  • Usually age 40+ years; prevalence increases with age
  • No malignant potential
  • Subcapsular, not connected to biliary tree
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Lined by cuboidal or biliary type epithelium; rarely squamous lined
  • Thin fibrous wall with pigment laden macrophages; adjacent von Meyenberg complexes are present