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Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor of the Liver in Children

Nagarajan, Sudhan*; Jayabose, Somasundaram; McBride, Whitney; Prasadh, Indu§; Tanjavur, Vijayakumar||; Marvin, Michael R.; Rodriguez-Davalos, Manuel I.||

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: September 2013 - Volume 57 - Issue 3 - p 277–280
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e31829e0b3b
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ABSTRACT Inflammatory pseudotumors, now more aptly termed inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMTs), are uncommon benign neoplasms, which have been reported in most organs and tissues in the body. Originally described and commonly found in the lung, they are also found in the liver of children and adults. We review the literature and analyze the features of the hepatic IMTs reported in children, along with a case report of a 15-month-old boy who had a persistent IMT in the liver and underwent surgical resection for the same following a trial of conservative management.

*Department of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Department of Pediatric Surgery, New York Medical College, Valhalla

§Department of Pediatrics, Brookdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

||Department of Surgery–Transplant, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Division of Transplant Surgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos, MD, Department of Surgery–Transplant, FMB 121, 333 Cedar Street, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510 (e-mail:

Received 24 October, 2012

Accepted 28 May, 2013

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2013 by European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology,