Presentation and outcome of hepatoblastoma: Case series from a tertiary hospital in North Western Nigeria
Jibrin Baba, Usman Muhammad Sani, Yusuf Tahir, Murtala Muhammad Ahmad, Asma’u Adamu, Fati Bello Jiya, Khadija Omeneke Isezuo, Shalewa Ugege, Kabir Abdullahi
Hepatoblastoma is a rare hepatic tumour seen exclusively in children. It presents predominantly from zero – 3 years of age. Unusual presentation has been reported particularly in children above 5 years. Adolescents with hepatoblastoma presents unusually late with extensive diseases and unfavourable histologic subtypes, these are associated with poor outcome. Our study, was a case series of three, a neonate and 2 adolescents 13 and 14 years each respectively. All had hepatic masses with elevated alfa feto protein (AFP) and histologic diagnosis of hepatoblastoma. Two of the 3 case series had chemotherapy and two died while one was lost to follow-up.