Liver & intrahepatic bile ducts
Benign / nonneoplastic

Topic Completed: 1 February 2012

Minor changes: 1 August 2020

Revised: 25 January 2019, last major update February 2012

Copyright: (c) 2002-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Pseudocyst[TI] liver[TI]

Deepali Jain, M.D.
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Cite this page: Jain D. Pseudocyst. website. Accessed August 7th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • By definition, no true epithelial lining
  • Single, often involves left lobe
  • Causes: trauma, ischemia, pancreatitis
Gross description
  • May be large, contain blood or bile; may become secondarily infected
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Fibrous lining, may contain hemosiderin, bile, macrophages and inflammatory cells in the wall, intracystc necrotic debris
  • May resolve spontaneously
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