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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 25 (2011), Issue 11, Pages 603-608
Original Article

Clinical Parameters Predicting Survival Duration after Hepatectomy for Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma

Bei-ge Jiang,1 Rui-liang Ge,1 Liang-liang Sun,2 Ming Zong,1 Gong-tian Wei,1 and Yong-jie Zhang1

1Department of Laparoscopy, Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital, Second Military Medical University, China
2Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Changzheng Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China

Received 19 September 2010; Accepted 16 April 2011

Copyright © 2011 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


BACKGROUND: Currently, the most effective treatment for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is complete hepatic tumour excision.

OBJECTIVE: To identify the clinical parameters associated with survival duration for ICC patients following hepatectomy, and to construct a mathematical model for predicting survival duration.

METHODS: Demographic data and clinical variables for 102 patients diagnosed with ICC, who underwent exploratory laparotomy at a single centre from July 1998 to December 2000 and were followed for an average of 24 months, were collected in 2011. Patients were randomly assigned into training (n=76) and validation (n=26) groups. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify factors associated with posthepatectomy survival duration.

RESULTS: Univariate analysis revealed that more than three lymph node metastases, a serum carbohydrate antigen 19-9 level >37 U/mL, stage IVa tumours, and intra- or perihepatic metastases were significantly associated with decreased survival duration. Curative resection was significantly associated with increased survival duration. A mathematical model incorporating parameters of age, sex, metastatic lymph node number, curative surgery, carbohydrate antigen 19-9 concentration, alpha-fetoprotein concentration, hepatitis B, TNM stage and tumour differentiation was constructed for predicting survival duration. For a survival duration of less than one year, the model exhibited 93.8% sensitivity, 92.3% total accuracy and a positive predictive value of 93.8%; for a survival duration of one to three years, the corresponding values were 80.0%, 69.2% and 57.1%, repsectively.

CONCLUSIONS: The mathematical model presented in the current report should prove to be useful in the clinical setting for predicting the extent to which curative resection affects the survival of ICC patients, and for selecting optimal postoperative treatment strategies.