The Role of Laparoscopy in Multifocal Nodular Steatosis: A Case Report and Literature Review

Ausania F, Harrison B, Haugk B, Manas DM


Multifocal Nodular Steatosis (MNS) is a rare pattern of hepatic steatosis that is often mistaken for malignant disease. MR imaging can allow differentiation from malignancy in most cases. However, it is not always possible to exclude alternate diagnoses with absolute certainty based solely on imaging. This case highlights the limitations of imaging in the diagnosis of MNS and the importance of laparoscopic biopsy. Laparoscopic biopsy is a safe procedure that can quickly provide key information for the formulation of an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

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