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Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2002 Oct;11(4):893-908, viii-ix.

Hepatic resection in the treatment of perihilar cholangiocarcinoma.

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Division of Gastroenterology and General Surgery, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


Proximal bile duct cancer poses a difficult surgical problem in hepatobiliary surgery because of its location, patterns of spread, and required extent of resection for complete excision. This article focuses on the anatomic and pathologic issues that are associated with proximal bile duct cancer and assesses the roles of partial hepatectomy and bile duct resection in the surgical management of this cancer. It is hoped that this article provides clinical evidence that supports hepatic resection as an essential and efficacious component of the surgical management of perihilar cholangiocarcinoma in selected patients.

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