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Hepatogastroenterology. 2002 Nov-Dec;49(48):1682-5.

Resection of an icteric type hepatoma with tumor thrombi filling the right posterior bile duct.

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Department of Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Nagoya First Hospital, 3-35 Michishitacho, Nakamuraku, Nagoya, 453-8511, Japan.


A 67-year-old male with jaundice was found to have hepatocellular carcinoma in the right hepatic lobe and tumor thrombi in the common hepatic duct. Physicians initially considered the tumor unresectable, and treated the patient with transcatheter arterial infusion chemotherapy and biliary endoprosthesis. The patient developed a liver abscess after the second transcatheter arterial infusion, and the physicians consulted our department for another form of therapy. Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage was performed to relieve revived obstructive jaundice. Cholangiography revealed tumor thrombi extending through the right posterior segmental bile duct into the common hepatic duct. Most biliary branches of the caudate lobe joined with the left lateral posterior segmental branch. Arterial and portal venous branches of the caudate lobe were not involved. Right hepatic lobectomy and extrahepatic bile duct resection were performed 1 year after initial diagnosis. On histologic examination, the epithelium of the right posterior segmental bile duct, which was filled with the tumor thrombi, was not detected. The patient is alive without recurrence 24 months after surgery. Careful investigation of biliary branches of the caudate lobe on cholangiography is essential to determine the necessity of caudate lobectomy in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and tumor thrombi filling the right posterior segmental bile duct.

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