Liver nodules after the fontan operation: Role of magnetic resonance elastography

Joseph T. Poterucha, Sudhakar K. Venkatesh, Jennifer L. Novak, Frank Cetta

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Hepatic dysfunction after the Fontan surgical palliation runs an indolent course. Moreover, there is no standard method of evaluating hepatic dysfunction. Magnetic resonance elastography has emerged as an advanced screening tool for preclinical detection of hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis. We describe the case of a patient who had undergone Fontan palliation, and then developed liver nodules and elevated tumor markers 18 years later. Her case illustrates the challenges in diagnostic management of hepatic dysfunction and the potential role of magnetic resonance elastography in monitoring these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-392
Number of pages4
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 3 2015


  • Carcinoma, hepatocellular
  • Cirrhosis
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Fontan procedure/adverse effects
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pulmonary atresia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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