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J Am Coll Surg. 2002 Nov;195(5):641-7.

Liver resection for hilar cholangiocarcinoma: in-hospital mortality and longterm survival.

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Department of Surgical Oncology, Istituto per la Ricerca e la Cura del Cancro, Candiolo, TO, Italy.



Extended surgical procedures are the only chance of longterm survival for patients with Klatskin tumors, but high mortality rates have been reported. The type of treatment for Bismuth type l-II carcinomas is still a matter of discussion.


We performed a single-unit, retrospective study analyzing 36 patients who underwent resectional surgery for Klatskin tumor.


An associated liver resection was performed in 88.9% of our patients; most of them had a major hepatectomy. The in-hospital mortality rate was 2.8%. Three- and 5-year survival rates were 40.8% and 27.2%, respectively. But the group of patients with Bismuth type I-II carcinomas undergoing hepatectomy had markedly better longterm outcomes than those undergoing hilar resection (p = 0.04): 54.5% versus 0% at 5 years, respectively; none of the patients who had only resection of bile duct confluence were alive at 2 years. Lymph node metastases were found in 38.8% of our patients; nodal involvement was not a major prognostic factor.


Achievement of low in-hospital mortality rates is possible in specialized surgical departments. Aggressive surgical approaches can allow better longterm results in the subset of Bismuth type I-II carcinomas.

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