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BACKGROUND Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for unresectable colorectal liver metastases can downsize tumours for curative resection. We assessed the effectiveness of cetuximab combined with chemotherapy in this setting. METHODS Between Dec 2, 2004, and March 27, 2008, 114 patients were enrolled from 17 centres in Germany and Austria; three patients receiving(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a new 2-step technique for obtaining adequate but short-term parenchymal hypertrophy in oncologic patients requiring extended right hepatic resection with limited functional reserve. BACKGROUND Patients presenting with primary or metastatic liver tumors often face the dilemma that the remaining liver tissue may not be sufficient.(More)
Portal vein occlusion to increase the size of the future liver remnant (FLR) is well established, using portal vein ligation (PVL) or embolization (PVE) followed by resection 4–8 weeks later. Associating liver partition with portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) combines PVL and complete parenchymal transection, followed by hepatectomy within(More)
Resection remains the treatment of choice in liver cancer. In order to avoid liver transplantation in conventionally unresectable tumors ex-situ (“bench” procedure), in-situ and ante-situm resection technique should be prefered whenever feasible. Despite the deficiency of donor organs, a single center experience with 198 patients reveals that liver(More)
To evaluate the incidence, management, and outcome of visceral artery aneurysms (VAA) over one decade. 233 patients with 253 VAA were analyzed according to location, diameter, aneurysm type, aetiology, rupture, management, and outcome. VAA were localized at the splenic artery, coeliac trunk, renal artery, hepatic artery, superior mesenteric artery, and(More)
Liver failure is a dreaded and often fatal complication that sometimes follows a partial hepatic resection. This article reviews the definition, incidence, pathogenesis, risk factors, risk assessment, prevention, clinical features and treatment of post-resectional liver failure (PLF). A systematic, computerized search was performed using key words related(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the role of extended hepatectomy in locally advanced intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA ICC is a rare tumor which has to be clearly distinguished from hepatocellular carcinoma and extrahepatic bile duct carcinoma. It is believed that long-term survival can only be achieved by surgical resection. METHODS(More)
HYPOTHESIS Currently, standard planning for hepatic resection is based on the schematic description of the functional anatomy of the liver according to Couinaud, and on the evaluation of 2-dimensional computed tomographic imaging of the liver. Recent developments in image-based computer assistance allow patients' individual functional liver anatomy to be(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) arising in normal liver parenchyma is rare and the outcome after hepatectomy is not well documented. METHODS Between June 1998 and September 2003, 33 patients without viral hepatitis underwent resection for HCC in a non-cirrhotic, non-fibrotic liver. Data were analysed with regard to operative details,(More)