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Type: Journal article
Title: Left extended hemihepatectomy with preservation of large inferior right hepatic vein: a case report.
Author: Texler, M.
Jamieson, G.
Maddern, G.
Citation: HPB Surgery, 1999; 11(4):265-270
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0894-8569
Abstract: For hepatic function to be preserved after an extended hemihepatectomy adequate venous drainage of the remaining liver is required. Most metastases close to the confluence of the superior hepatic veins are considered unresectable because hepatic venous outflow after resection would be compromised. In 10-25% of people, the inferior right hepatic vein is of large calibre. Thus the superior hepatic veins may be sacrificed and hepatic function preserved if a large inferior right hepatic vein is present. A patient with involvement of segments 2, 4 and 8 by metastatic colorectal cancer is presented. This patient had a large inferior right hepatic vein, and so was able to undergo an extended left hemihepatectomy with ligation of all superior hepatic veins. Subsequent quality of life was maintained. This case illustrates that an 'unresectable' hepatic lesion can be actually resectable if an alternative venous drainage is present. A pre-operative search for a prominent inferior right hepatic vein by ultrasound, computerised tomography, or even magnetic resonance imaging should be considered in these cases.
Keywords: Liver; Hepatic Veins; Humans; Adenocarcinoma; Colorectal Neoplasms; Liver Neoplasms; Disease Progression; Liver Function Tests; Hepatectomy; Fatal Outcome; Aged; Female
RMID: 0030004618
DOI: 10.1155/1999/24710
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