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Surg Endosc. 2013 Jun;27(6):1881-6. doi: 10.1007/s00464-012-2687-4. Epub 2012 Dec 18.

Totally laparoscopic liver resections for primary and metastatic cancer in the elderly: safety, feasibility and short-term outcomes.

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HPB and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Unit, Department of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Policlinic of Abano Terme, Piazza C. Colombo 1, 35031, Abano Terme, PD, Italy.



Standard oncologic liver resections performed on elderly patients (≥70 years old) have been shown to be safe and effective. The aim of this study was to analyze operative and oncologic short-term outcomes of totally laparoscopic liver resections (TLLR) performed on elderly patients for malignancies.


We performed a retrospective statistical analysis of prospectively recorded data of TLLR performed from October 2008 to February 2012 by a single hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgeon. Patients were divided into two groups according to age (<70 vs. ≥ 70 years old) and perioperative outcomes were compared.


A total of 60 TLLR for malignancies were identified of which 25 patients (42 %) were aged ≥ 70 years (Group A) and 35 (58 %) were aged <70 years (Group B). There was no difference in operative time (170 vs. 180 min, p = 0.267), median blood loss (200 vs. 250 ml, p = 0.183), number and time of Pringle maneuver (p = 0.563 and p = 0.180), blood transfusion rate (4 vs. 17 %, p = 0.222), conversion rate (4 vs. 9 %, p = 0.443), morbidity rate (12 vs. 20 %, p = 0.797), and perioperative mortality rate (0 vs. 3 %, p = 0.688). An R0 resection was achieved in 92 (Group A) versus 83 % (Group B) (p = 0.265). At a median follow-up of 18 months, 12 % of patients in Group A experienced a disease recurrence with a related mortality rate similar to that of Group B (8 vs. 12 %, p = 0.375).


This retrospective comparative study shows that TLLR performed on elderly for liver neoplasm are feasible and safe and lead to short-term outcomes similar to those of younger patients.

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