Villous adenoma of the common hepatic duct: the importance of contrast-enhanced ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography for relevant diagnosis. A case report and review of the literature.

Cristian Tefas, Marcel Tanțău, Alexandru Szenftleben, Liliana Chiorean, Radu Badea


Adenomas are frequently encountered in the lower digestive tract but are rarely diagnosed in the biliary tree. We report a case of villous adenoma of the common hepatic duct. A 58-year old male was admitted with a four week history of intermittent upper right quadrant pain. Gray scale and contrast-enhanced abdominal ultrasound showed a mass inside the common hepatic duct with arterial enhancement and slow wash-out during the late venous phase. Subsequent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and intraductal ultrasound confirmed the presence of the lesion. The final histopathological examination showed villous adenoma of the common hepatic duct with high-grade dysplasia. Contrast enhanced ultrasonography used in conjecture with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography can help in differentiating biliary tumors.


common hepatic duct; villous adenoma; ultrasound; contrast-enhanced ultrasound; endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography

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