Persistent increase in alpha-fetoprotein level in a patient without underlying liver disease who underwent curative resection of hepatocellular carcinoma. A case report and review of the literature
World Journal of Surgical Oncology, 05/11/2012
Di Carlo I et al. – An 82–year–old male was referred following a computed tomography scan showing a 160mm diameter mass in the left lobe of the liver. This huge mass was diagnosed as HCC, arising in the absence of cirrhosis or viral hepatitis. After tumor removal, the patient's high AFP level persisted for 2years. As steatosis was the only pathological change in the remnant liver, this may have caused the persistently elevated AFP level in this patient.