International Journal of IJRRT

Radiology & Radiation Therapy
Volume 1 Issue 2 - 2016
Von Meyenburg Complex
Renan Ibrahem Adam* and Heather Harris
Radiology Department, Nottingham University Hospitals, UK
Received: October 24, 2016| Published: December 19, 2016
*Corresponding author: Renan Ibrahem Adam, Radiology Department, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, United Kingdom, Tel: 0044(0)7931550973; Email:
Citation: Adam RI, Harris H (2016) Von Meyenburg Complex. Int J Radiol Radiat Ther 1(2): 00007. DOI: 10.15406/ijrrt.2016.01.00007

keywords: Hepatic; Abnormality; CT; Infection; Meyenburg complex; Hamartomas


CT: Computed Tomography; ADPKD: Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease; MBH: Multiple Biliary Hamartomas


A 63 years old female noted to have non-specific hepatic abnormality in a follow up chest CT for infection. The subsequent MRCP demonstrated numerous cystic lesions throughout the liver which showed no communication with the biliary tree (Figure 1). Diagnosis of Von Meyenburg Complex has been made. No further management or investigation is required.

Figure 1: Diagnosis of Von Meyenburg Complex.

Von Meyenburg Complex is a rare cause of multiple hepatic lesions, also known as multiple biliary hamartomas (MBH). It is named after pathologist called Hans von Meyenburg who was born in Dresden in 1887 and first described the pathology of multiple biliary hamartomas in 1918 [1].

MBH is asymptomatic condition and usually found incidentally at autopsy or on imaging with prevalence <1%. It is three times more common in women [2].

 The biliary hamartomas are consistent of small clusters of dilated cystic bile ducts which are not communicating with the biliary tree. On imaging, they appear as multiple small round or irregular lesions throughout the liver with peripheral predominance. No enhancement in the post contrast images [3]. The radiological differential diagnoses include multiple liver cysts and hepatic metastases.

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and polycystic liver disease are known associations with this condition.


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  3. Zheng RQ, Zhang B, Kudo M, Onda H, Inoue T (005) Imaging findings of biliary hamartomas. World J Gastroenterol 11(40): 6354-6359.
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