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A 25-year-old woman with fever and epigastric pain was referred to our hospital. Blood examination showed significant liver dysfunction, markedly high C-reactive protein (CRP 19.1 mg/dL) and procalcitonin (48.3 ng/mL) levels. Dynamic computed tomography showed a tumor approximately 120 mm in size in the right lobe of the liver, but with no abscess formation. The patient was hospitalized and started on antibiotics; her CRP level improved, but the procalcitonin level did not decrease. Histopathological examination of the liver tumor biopsy revealed fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FLC). Positive staining of the FLC with an anti-procalcitonin antibody suggested the production of procalcitonin.


Kotaro Matsumoto, Kentaro Kikuchi, Ayako Hara, Hiromichi Tsunashima, Koichi Tsuneyama, Shinpei Doi. Immunohistochemical detection of procalcitonin in fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma. Clinical journal of gastroenterology. 2021 Feb 10

PMID: 33566306

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