Focal Nodular Hyperplasia

Focal Nodular Hyperplasia (FNH) is an uncommon benign condition that affects the liver mainly in young and middle aged women. It does not usually cause any symptoms. The main difficulty with this condition is that it can look similar to some other more serious liver problems so we often investigate it more extensively and very occasionally biopsy it or remove the area surgically to be sure that it is safe. Rarely very large areas of FNH can compress adjacent organs or structures inside the tummy and cause symptoms such as heart burn or indigestion after eating, under these circumstances keyhole surgery may be offered to remove the tumour.