A patient is described with micronodular cirrhosis, partial (heterozygous, MZ) deficiency of alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) and hepatocellular carcinoma. The patient did not drink alcohol and all serological markers of infection with hepatitis B virus were absent. Death was due to intra-peritoneal bleeding from a multifocal liver tumour. Histology revealed multiple intracytoplasmic AAT globules in hepatocytes at the periphery of the cirrhotic nodules. Copper granules, present in the same non-neoplastic liver cells may have resulted from minor cholestasis. Within the neoplastic hepatocytes AAT globules were sparse and copper deposits co-existed with the globular variant of Mallory bodies. The case is presented in support of the postulated association of partial deficiency of AAT, chronic liver disease and hepatic neoplasia.