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World J Surg Oncol. 2013 Jun 11;11:134. doi: 10.1186/1477-7819-11-134.

Sequential preoperative hepatic vein embolization after portal vein embolization for extended left hepatectomy in colorectal liver metastases.

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Department of General Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Center, 1325 Eastmoreland Avenue, Suite 140, Memphis, TN 38104-7540, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The role of portal vein embolization to increase future liver remnant (FLR) is well-established in the treatment of colorectal liver metastases. However, the role of hepatic vein embolization is unclear.

CASE REPORT:

A patient with colorectal liver metastases received neoadjuvant chemotherapy prior to attempted resection. At the time of resection his tumor appeared to invade the left and middle hepatic vein, requiring an extended left hepatectomy including segments five and eight. Post-operatively, he underwent sequential left portal vein embolization followed by left hepatic vein embolization and finally, middle hepatic vein embolization. Hepatic vein embolization was performed to increase the FLR as well as to allow collateral drainage of the FLR to develop. A left trisectionectomy was then performed and no evidence of postoperative liver congestion or morbidity was found.

CONCLUSION:

Sequential portal vein embolization and hepatic vein embolization for extended left hepatectomy may be considered to increase FLR and may prevent right hepatic congestion after sacrificing the middle vein.

PMID:
23758777
PMCID:
PMC3704685
DOI:
10.1186/1477-7819-11-134
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