Malignant hepatic epithelioid hemangioendotheliom (HEH) is a rare vascular tumor of endothelial origin, with multiple metastases to the spleen. This report describes a diffuse HEH with splenic metastasis on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) images and delayed mutifocal bone metastasis after liver transplantation (LTx).Patient concerns:
A 30-year-old male was admitted to our hospital with a complaint of abdominal distension, fatigue, and anorexia for 2 months.Diagnoses:
Mild to moderate FDG uptake in the whole liver, and multifocal FDG uptake in the spleen were observed on 18F-FDG PET/CT scan. Ultrasound guided liver biopsy was performed, and a diagnosis of HEH was confirmed.Interventions:
The patient underwent LTx and splenectomy.Outcomes:
The patient developed low back pain due to unknown etiology, 3 months after surgery. A follow-up 18F-FDG PET/CT scan demonstrated multifocal bone destruction. Unfortunately, the patient died 12 months after surgery.Lessons:
It is noteworthy that despite liver transplantation for the treatment of HEH, there may be a risk of recurrence. For these patients with extrahepatic lesions, adjuvant chemotherapy may be a useful alternative treatment method for the prevention of recurrence.