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. 2004;34(5):482-4.
doi: 10.1007/s00595-003-2742-9.

Extended Left Hepatectomy by Severing All Major Hepatic Veins With Reconstruction of the Right Hepatic Vein

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Extended Left Hepatectomy by Severing All Major Hepatic Veins With Reconstruction of the Right Hepatic Vein

Yoshihiro Sakamoto et al. Surg Today. .

Abstract

Curative liver resection is technically challenging when multiple liver metastases from colon cancer involve the confluence of the three major hepatic veins. We report two cases of successful extended left hemihepatectomy achieved by severing all of the major hepatic veins together with the wall of the inferior vena cava, to resect liver metastases from colon cancer. Reconstruction of the right hepatic vein was done after unroofing the right anterior area of the liver with a direct anastomosis of the right hepatic vein. We did not need to perform total vascular exclusion or portovenous shunting during the liver transection. This simple and safe method can increase the surgical indications for previously unresectable tumors.

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