Embolization of the replaced common hepatic artery before surgery for pancreatic head cancer: report of a case

Surg Today. 2004;34(7):619-22. doi: 10.1007/s00595-004-2785-6.


We report the case of a patient with pancreatic head cancer, whose replaced common hepatic artery (RCHA) arose from the superior mesenteric artery (SMA). We performed preoperative embolization of the RCHA, after which the liver blood flow was well maintained by the left gastric artery. The patient underwent a radical operation involving en bloc resection of the RCHA without any serious complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arteries
  • Celiac Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Collateral Circulation
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Hepatic Artery / abnormalities*
  • Hepatic Artery / pathology
  • Hepatic Artery / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Liver / blood supply*
  • Male
  • Mesenteric Artery, Superior / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Stomach / blood supply