Consideration of anatomical structures relevant to the surgical strategy for managing gallbladder carcinoma

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Aims: Gallbladder carcinoma usually presents late with advanced disease. It develops in an anatomically complex area. Consideration is given to resection of relevant local structures with respect to outcome. Methods: A comprehensive literature review was performed, searching Medline for articles published since 2000, using the MeSH heading of 'gallbladder cancer' and 'surgery'. Abstracts were reviewed and articles retrieved if the main focus of the article centred on the surgical management of gallbladder carcinoma. Observations: Hepatic resection is advocated and tailored to pathological T stage. Lymph node dissection and bile duct resection, as well as en bloc resection of other viscera, remain areas of controversy. Conclusions: Eastern and Western practice standards of care differ, but hepatic resection with some lymph node dissection is present in both approaches. Philosophy regarding aggression with respect to en bloc resection of adjacent organs and actual extent of lymphatic resection remains disparate. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1131-1136
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomy
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Surgery

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