Practitioners are increasingly presented with BLTs and the need to make clinical decisions as to their treatment. The diagnostic workup identifies the tumors that must be removed, the tumors that should be monitored, and the tumors that may be ignored, and this analysis requires extensive knowledge of the characteristics of the various tumors. The goal of surgery depends on the symptoms and on the nature of the tumor. The clinical challenge is to perform safe symptomatic surgery, to justify preventive surgery, and to decrease the rate of diagnostic surgery.
We wish to thank Professor Paulette Bioulac-Sage (CHU Bordeaux, Department of Pathology, Hôpital Pellegrin) for the critical review of this manuscript.
Semin Liver Dis. 2013;33(3):236-247. © 2013 Thieme Medical Publishers