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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 9, Issue 1, November 2013 pp 33-35

Case Report

Primary Multicentric Hepatocellular Carcinoma - An Incidental Finding at Autopsy


Arun M.1, Reddy A.2, Kagne R. N.3, Sowmya S.4, Balaraman R.5

{1Post Graduate, 2Assistant professor, 3Professor and Head}

Department of Forensic Medicine, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry, INDIA,

4Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry, INDIA.

5Head of the Department, Department of Forensic Medicine, Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute, Puducherry, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Multicentric hepatocellular carcinoma is relatively a rare malignant condition usually presenting without symptoms. It is commonly seen in hepatitic or cirrhotic liver as an incidental finding at autopsy. In non hepatitic liver multicentricity is associated with secondary metastasis rather than primary hepatocellular carcinoma. Medicolegal autopsy was conducted on a 56 year old male who died due to septicemic complications of burns. On gross examination of the liver secondary metastasis was suspected because of the presence of multiple nodules seen on the surface of both the lobes. After histopathological examination of the lesion the diagnosis of primary multicentric hepatocellular carcinoma was established. Thus a case of multicentric hepatocellular carcinoma was detected as an incidental finding on medicolegal autopsy.