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HPB Surgery
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 107519, 11 pages
Review Article

Klatskin-Like Lesions

1The Liver Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK
2Department of HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, 3rd Floor Nuffield House, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK

Received 29 March 2012; Accepted 8 May 2012

Academic Editor: Olivier Farges

Copyright © 2012 M. P. Senthil Kumar and R. Marudanayagam. 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.


Hilar cholangiocarcinoma, also known as Klatskin tumour, is the commonest type of cholangiocarcinoma. It poses unique problems in the diagnosis and management because of its anatomical location. Curative surgery in the form of major hepatic resection entails significant morbidity. About 5–15% of specimens resected for presumed Klatskin tumour prove not to be cholangiocarcinomas. There are a number of inflammatory, infective, vascular, and other pathologies, which have overlapping clinical and radiological features with a Klatskin tumour, leading to misinterpretation. This paper aims to summarise the features of such Klatskin-like lesions that have been reported in surgical literature.