Enquiry form
Enquiries
General enquiries:
+44 (0)207 935 4444
Book a consultation:
+44 (0)207 616 7693
Self-pay enquiry:
+44 (0)203 219 3315

Benign liver cysts and their treatment

Small liver cysts may not cause any problems, however if you have a larger cyst or one that is causing symptoms they can be treated using several techniques:

  • Needle aspiration: this involves inserting a needle inside the cyst to drain the fluid. The results may be temporary as the cyst can refill with fluid.
  • Using a sclerosant: after draining the cyst, a fluid such as alcohol is introduced into the empty cyst to make the walls stick together. This can prevent the cyst refilling with fluid.
  • Surgery: an operation known as deroofing or fenestration, is done using a keyhole surgery technique to remove the membrane and contents of the cyst. It is a fairly short procedure and you don’t normally need to stay in hospital overnight. This usually eliminates the liver cyst (90% of cysts do not come back).
  • Medication: if your cyst is caused by a tapeworm (this is called hydatid disease), the drug albendazole will kill the tapeworm and allow the cysts to resolve.

Trade names quoted are given as examples only of the drug types described, alternatives may be available.

Make a Self-Pay enquiry

The London Clinic is fully committed to compliance with Data Protection and Department of Health medical confidentiality guidelines. The personal information that you submit using this form will be held securely by us and your personal information will not be shared with anyone outside of the London Clinic or used for any other purpose than to respond to your enquiry and / or request. Please confirm how you would like us to contact you:

Protecting your information

The London Clinic is fully committed to compliance with Data Protection and medical confidentiality guidelines. The personal information that you submit using this form will be held securely by us and will only be used to respond to your enquiry and/or request. Please see our Privacy Notice for further details on how we use your personal data

Main numbers

General enquiries: 020 7935 4444 Appointments: 020 7616 7693 Self-Pay: 020 3219 3315

Contact numbers for service departments

Other numbers

Concierge service: 020 3219 3323International office: 020 3219 3266Invoice and payment enquiries: 020 7616 7708Press office: 020 7616 7676

Your call may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

Close menu