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Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectases: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Features in Liver Involvement

Milot, Laurent MD*†; Gautier, Guillaume MD*; Beuf, Olivier PhD†; Pilleul, Frank MD*†

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: May/June 2006 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - pp 405-411
Abdominal Imaging: Pictorial Essay

Abstract: In hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), the liver demonstrates a large pattern of findings, including telangiectases, arteriovenous shuntings, focal liver lesions, and ischemic cholangitis, and provides severe complications such as portal hypertension and cardiac failure. Magnetic resonance imaging allows obtaining complete information (parenchyma, biliary tract, and vessels) of the liver in a 1-step examination. Acknowledgment of typical magnetic resonance imaging features of liver involvement in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia case will result in more accurate diagnosis and can guide therapeutic options.

From the *Département de Radiologie Digestive, Hôpital Universitaire E. Herriot, Place d'Arsonval, Lyon, and †Laboratoire de RMN, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1-CPE, Villeurbanne, France.

Received for publication October 17, 2005; accepted January 4, 2006.

Reprints: Laurent Milot, MD, Département de Radiologie Digestive, Hôpital Universitaire E. Herriot, Place d'Arsonval, 69003 Lyon, France (e-mail: laurent.milot@univ-lyon1.fr).

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.