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J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2000 Nov;15(11):1239-42.

Surgery for adult polycystic liver disease.

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Department of Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.


Adult polycystic liver disease, commonly associated with polycystic kidney disease, can result in massive hepatomegaly and debilitating symptoms. Surgical intervention for symptomatic polycystic liver disease, such as cyst fenestration or liver resection has been associated with significant morbidity and inconsistent long-term palliation. However, selected patients with severe symptoms benefit from liver resection and extensive fenestration with acceptable morbidity and mortality. Total hepatectomy and orthotopic liver transplantation may be considered for patients with severe adult polycystic liver disease.

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