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Case Reports
April 1938


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Am J Dis Child. 1938;55(4):792-797. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980100128009

The discovery of a tumor within the abdominal cavity of an infant presents an interesting problem for clinical diagnosis. Primary tumor of the liver in infancy is not particularly infrequent, but benign adenoma of the liver in childhood is of sufficient rarity to prompt the report of this case. A tumor of this type is of more interest histologically than clinically. The structual nature of the tumor cell, as well as of the arrangement of the tumor tissue, may not simplify the recognition and classification of the neoplastic alterations. Epstein,1 in summarizing 1,000 consecutive autopsies on children and infants, recorded no adenoma of the liver. Shaw2 reported a case of hepatoma of the right lobe in a child 13 years of age. The tumor, measuring 15.5 by 12 cm. and weighing 2 pounds and 3 ounces (992 Gm.), was situated so as to permit surgical removal. The patient

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