What is the treatment for liver lesions?

The majority of liver lesions are benign and do not require treatment.  In order for the doctor to determine whether treatment is required they will need to take a history, perform a clinical examination and arrange for additional investigations. 


Treatment outcomes

The treatment of liver lesions depends upon the nature of the liver lesion, its size, number, and the condition of the liver.


Surveillance refers to the use of repeat testing at time intervals to monitor the liver lesion.  This most often involves interval imaging but may also include blood tests. 


Once the nature of the liver lesion has been characterised. If it is benign then no further follow-up is required.  The investigations that have been performed will be kept for future reference.


The most common method of removing a liver lesion is surgery, called hepatic resection.  This is performed if the lesion is causing symptoms, places the patient at risk or rarely when it can not be fully characterised and has concerning features.  The type of operation and the likely perioperative cause will be discussed with you by your specialist. 

Medical Therapy


Some liver lesions can be treated with medicine.  The aim of medical treatment will depend upon the nature of the liver lesion and will be discussed with you by your specialist.