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[Treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma by liver transplantation: results in Hungary]

GÖRÖG Dénes, VÉGSŐ Gyula, DOROS Attila, GERLEI Zsuzsa, FEHÉRVÁRI Imre, NEMES Balázs, KÓBORI László

APRIL 20, 2012

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[INTRODUCTION - Hepatocellular carcinoma is an internationally accepted indication for liver transplantation in selected cases. The aim of this study was to present treatment results of patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma and put on the waiting list between 1995 and 2010. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Sixty patients were put on the waiting list, 23 of who died or became unfit for operation while waiting for transplantation. Liver transplantation was performed in 37 patients. Pathological examination revealed no tumour in 3 of the explanted livers, whereas incidentalomas were detected in 4 livers that were explanted because of cirrhosis. Thus, in total 38 patients were examined. RESULTS - Four patients died within 3 months of surgery because of arterial circulatory problems or graft dysfunction and 14 patients died thereafter, including seven whose tumour recurred. There was no recurrence of tumours in the early state among the 25 patients meeting the Milan criteria, and the overall 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates with an average follow-up period of 39 months were similar to those after transplantation because of viral cirrhosis: 72%, 72% and 67% vs. 78%, 71% and 67%, respectively. Survival rates after tumours beyond the Milan criteria were significantly lower (69%, 38%, 23%). CONCLUSION - Early-state (T1,T2) hepatocellular carcinoma that has developed following cirrhosis and is unsuitable for resection can be efficiently treated with liver transplantation, but our results do not support the use of transplantation for the treatment of tumours that do not fit the Milan criteria.]

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