Aim: The present study focused on nine patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) associated with Child A liver cirrhosis undergoing first-line liver resection and salvage liver transplantation (SLT) for liver tumor recurrence. Patients and methods: Forty-six patients with HCC underwent liver transplantation (OLT); 37 (80.5%) were primary liver transplantations (PLTs) and 9 (19.5%) were SLTs. All patients who underwent SLT received minor transabdominal liver resections. Results: The posttransplant 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival rates for SLT (88.9%, 88.9%, and 88.9%) were similar to those for PLT (78%, 62.7%, and 62.7%). Four (10.8%) patients in the PLT group had HCC recurrence, while there was zero recurrence in the SLT group. The 1-, 3-, 5-year disease-free survival rates for PLT (89%, 74%, and 74%) were similar to those for SLT (100%, 100%, and 100%). The 1-, 3-, 5-year disease-free survival rates after PLT were 89%, 74%, and 74%, and after SLT were 100%, 100%, and 100%, respectively. The operative mortality, intraperioperative bleeding, operative time, intensive care unit stay, in-hospital stay, and overall incidence of postoperative complications were similar in the two groups. Conclusions: In our experience, SLT for HCC is a feasible procedure with similar results in terms of overall survival, disease-free survival, and postoperative complications to those reported for patients who underwent PLT at our institute. An important role exists for SLT as shown by the fact that such a strategy has been used in the 20% of the patients undergoing OLT for HCC.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2007|
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