Q: My wife has a giant hemangioma in her liver (8 cm). Is it safe  for her to  wear a corset? -Andy  (9/3/01)

A:  No, I would not recommend this in her condition. The Hemangioma is a vascularized cluster of inert cells, which, although without liver function, do occupy space within the liver. If not symptomatic, they can be left alone, although, depending on conditions, it can be advised to have it surgically removed.  Wearing a corset creates the potential for excessive pressure on the liver, and, with that, increasing the potential for rupturing the hemangioma if it is unstable. Without knowing the exact conditions, I would want to be safe and avoid pressures. I would certainly review the option of surgical removal if there are any symptoms whatsoever.


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