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Transpl Int. 2003 Sep;16(9):692-3. Epub 2003 Jun 12.

Liver transplantation for metastatic colon adenocarcinoma: report of a case with 10 years of follow-up without recurrence.

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  • 1Department of Liver Surgery and Transplantation, University of Liège, CHU Sart Tilman B35, 4000, Liège, Belgium.


Because of dismal mid-term and long-term results, secondary liver cancer is considered an absolute contra-indication to cadaveric liver transplantation, with the relative exception of metastases of symptomatic neuro-endocrine cancers. The authors present in this report the case of a patient who has been enjoying 10 years of cancer-free survival after liver transplantation as rescue therapy for acute liver failure after liver resection for isolated hepatic metastasis of colon adenocarcinoma. This case shows that in some highly selected cases, liver transplantation may be curative in patients with liver metastases of colon carcinoma.

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