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J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Nov;45(11):2124-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.07.016.

Primary hepatic sarcomas in children--a single-center experience over 19 years.

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Liver Unit, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, B4 6NH UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/PURPOSE:

Primary hepatic sarcomas are rare and account for about 13% of primary hepatic neoplasms. There are few reported series of pediatric hepatic sarcomas, and the aim was to review our experience.

METHODS:

A retrospective analysis of cases managed from 1988 to 2007 by the pediatric liver unit in Birmingham, UK, was conducted.

RESULTS:

Nineteen children were identified. These presented with sudden abdominal pain (n = 6), obstructive jaundice (n = 3), incidental mass (n = 3), and chronic pain/distension (n = 3). Vascular involvement was identified in 3, and 6 had pulmonary metastases. Three patients had primary resection, and 3 only a biopsy. Thirteen had a biopsy followed by chemotherapy and resection. Surgery included extended hepatectomy (n = 11), hepatectomy (n = 3), and nonanatomical resections (n = 2). There was 1 major intraoperative complication. Median inpatient stay was 7 days. One biliary leak developed 4 weeks postoperatively. Five of the 16 patients who underwent resection of the primary tumor died. Eleven were alive at a median follow-up of 3 years.

CONCLUSION:

This is a challenging group of patients. Local control remains pivotal to successful treatment. Good results can be achieved in a specialist center with multidisciplinary approach.

PMID:
21034932
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.07.016
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