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HPB Surgery
Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 123-125

Liver Resection: Prolonged Inflow Occlusion in Human Cirrhotic Livers

Department of Surgery, Lund University Hospital, Lund S-221 85, Sweden

Copyright © 1996 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.


To evaluate the tolerance of the cirrhotic liver to extended warm ischaemia, 47 patients with cirrhosis who underwent liver,resection over a 4-year period were studied retrospectively. Three groups of patients were identified. In group 1 (14 patients) liver resection was performed under conditions of portal triad occlusion ranging from 50 to 75 (mean 57.1) min. Group 2 (12 patients) was treated with portal occlusion for a period ranging from 30 to 42 (mean 33.1) min. Group 3 comprised 21 patients who underwent hepatectomy using conventional techniques. Mean blood loss was significantly reduced by portal triad occlusion (819 ml in group 1,523 ml in group 2) compared with the conventional techniques (1652 ml in group 3) (P<0.05, group 1 versus group 3; P<0.01, group 2 versus group 3). Hospital death occurred in three of the 21 patients in group 3 but in no patient who underwent portal triad occlusion. The morbidity rate was lower in the two occlusion groups (four of 26 patients) than in group 3 (six of 21). Bilirubin metabolism was substantially better after surgery in the occlusion groups (P<0.05, groups 1 and 2 versus group 3 at day 14). Although the serum levels of transaminases were significantly raised until day 3 in patients undergoing long term occlusion, the cirrhotic liver withstood the ischaemia-reperfusion insult, as assessed by changes in hepatic microcirculation, lipid peroxidation and the morphology of hepatic sinusoids. It is concluded that prolonged ischaemia during liver resection can be sustained in patients with cirrhosis and without high-risk factors.