Simple liver cysts

Also called simple hepatic cysts

What are simple liver cysts?

Simple liver cysts are the most common type of liver cyst.

Simple cysts usually have no symptoms and do not cause any problems. They are often found by accident when you have a liver scan for something else.

We do not know for sure what causes simple cysts. They might begin to form before you are born because of a slight mistake in how your liver grows. They can then slowly grow over time. But most simple liver cysts will never get big enough to cause a problem.

If a simple cyst is causing no problems then leaving it alone is the safest option. You will not need to be monitored or treated.

If you start to get symptoms that might be caused by a simple cyst you should see your doctor.

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