Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts - tumor
Miscellaneous
Frozen section

Author: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 6 December 2017, last major update February 2012

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PubMed Search: Frozen section[TI] liver

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Definition / general
Cite this page: Jain, D. Frozen section. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://pathologyoutlines.com/topic/livertumorfrozensection.html. Accessed December 15th, 2017.
Definition / general
  • Accurate and reliable for intraoperative diagnosis of suspected liver lesions (J Clin Pathol 2006;59:352) - biliary hamartoma is most common entity confused with a malignant tumor
  • Pretransplant frozen section also used to evaluate donor livers for macrovesicular steatosis, although discrepancies exist with permanent sections in 7% (J Clin Med Res 2011;3:191)
  • Optimally, should have clinical data and serum AFP levels available
  • Should know if specimen is from a mass