The timing of liver transplantation after primary hepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma: a special reference to recurrence pattern and Milan criteria.
INTRODUCTION: Hepatic resection (HR) is commonly applied as first-line treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) even in the era of liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: Outcomes and detailed recurrence pattern of 80 patients, who underwent curative HR for HCC were examined referring to Milan criteria. RESULTS: (I) After HR for HCCs exceeding Milan criteria (n=41), recurrence within the criteria was observed in 13 patients (group-A) and recurrence not-meeting the criteria was observed in 22 patients (group-B). group-A showed better 3-year recurrence-free survival rate than group-B (85.7% vs. 23.9%, P
Ikegami, T; Shimada, M; Imura, S; Yoshizumi, T; Arakawa, Y; Tokunaga, T; Morine, Y; Kanemura, H
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