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Plain English summary of "Synchronous Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Auricular Myxoma"

Published October 2015 in Case Reports of Pathology

The authors of this paper describe an extremely rare case of a 53-year-old woman first diagnosed with a benign tumor called an auricular myxoma on the left atrium of her heart. Three months after a successful surgery to remove this tumor, the patient was admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain. The doctors found a tumor on the left lobe of her liver and diagnosed her with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma upon examining the tumor after surgery. At the time of the publication of this paper, the patient was asymptomatic.

This case is unusual and extremely rare because this patient had two independent primary tumors, meaning two tumors developed and occurred separately in different parts of the body and were not a result of metastasis, whereby one tumor spreads and causes another.

--Melissa Jarmel, Rockefeller University