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Transplant Proc. 2011 May;43(4):1187-9. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2011.01.140.

Neoadjuvant therapy protocol and liver transplantation in combination with pancreatoduodenectomy for the treatment of hilar cholangiocarcinoma occurring in a case of primary sclerosing cholangitis: case report with a more than 8-year disease-free survival.

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Department of General Surgery and Organ Transplantation, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplant Unit, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.


Cholangiocarcinoma has historically represented a major contraindication to liver transplantation at many centers because of its high recurrence rate and low disease-free survival rate, even after radical surgery. Novel neoadjuvant therapy protocols combined with demolitive surgery and liver transplantation seem to achieve successful results in terms of overall and disease-free survivals. Surgery frequently seems to be unsatisfactory only for patients also suffering from chronic cirrhosis or end-stage liver disease. We have reported a case of hilar cholangiocarcinoma occurring in a case of primary sclerosing cholangitis treated with neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy and endoscopic brachytherapy, followed by liver transplantation combined with pancreatoduodenectomy, who has survived free of disease for >8 years.

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