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Type: Journal article
Title: How much liver resection is too much?
Author: Mullin, E.
Metcalfe, M.
Maddern, G.
Citation: American Journal of Surgery, 2005; 190(1):87-97
Publisher: Excerpta Medica Inc
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0002-9610
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Emma J. Mullin, Matthew S. Metcalfe and Guy J. Maddern
Abstract: Background: Hepatic failure occurring after liver resection carries a poor prognosis and is a complication dreaded by surgeons. Inadequate reserve in the remaining parenchyma leads to a steady decrease in liver function, inability to regenerate, and progression to liver failure. For this reason, many methods to quantify functional hepatic reserve have been developed. Methods: This article reviews the main methods used in the assessment of hepatic reserve in patients undergoing hepatectomy and their use in operative decision making. Results: A range of methods to categorically quantify the functional reserve of the liver have been developed, ranging from scoring systems (such as the Child-Pugh classification) to tests assessing complex hepatic metabolic pathways to radiological methods to assess functional reserve. However, no one method has or is ever likely to emerge as a single measure with which to dictate safe limits of resectability. Conclusions: In the future, the role of residual liver function assessment may be of most benefit in the routine stratification of risk, thus enabling both patient consent to be obtained and surgical procedure to be performed, with full information and facts regarding operative risks. However, there is no one single test that remains conclusively superior.
Keywords: Functional reserve; Hepatic resection; Liver failure
Rights: © 2005 Excerpta Medica Inc. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020050665
DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2005.01.043
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