World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 614–621

One-stage Resection for Bismuth Type IV Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma with High Hilar Resection and Parenchyma-preserving Strategies: A Cohort Study

  • Jing Wang Tan
  • Ben Shun Hu
  • Ya Juan Chu
  • Yun Chang Tan
  • Xu Ji
  • Ke Chen
  • Xiang Min Ding
  • Aiqun Zhang
  • Fei Chen
  • Jia Hong Dong



Bismuth type IV hilar cholangiocarcinoma (HC) tumors are usually considered unresectable. The strategies of high hilar resection while preserving liver parenchyma can achieve potentially one-stage curative resection for this condition. The aim of the present study was to investigate the feasibility and safety of available strategies.


Fifty-one consecutive patients with bismuth type IV HC who underwent one-stage resection were retrospectively reviewed with regard to curative resection rate, remnant liver volume, morbidity, mortality, and survival time.


The total median survival time was 29 months. The R0 (curative resection) rate was 57.8 %. The ratio of the remnant liver volume (RLV) to the standard liver volume (SLV) ranged from 35.0 to 60.6 %, with a mean of 44.5 %. The in-hospital mortality and morbidity rates were 3.9 and 37.2 %, respectively. In the R0 patients’ survival, there was not a significant difference between bilioenteric anastomosis and hepatoenteric anastomosis (P = 0.714).


Combined caudate lobe and high hilar resection (CCHR) is technically safe and oncologically justifiable and could be adopted with a high cure rate as a one-stage resection procedure for most patients with Bismuth type IV HC whose total bilirubin level is less than 20 mg/L and whose direct bilirubin is more than 60 % of total bilirubin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing Wang Tan
    • 1
  • Ben Shun Hu
    • 1
  • Ya Juan Chu
    • 2
  • Yun Chang Tan
    • 2
  • Xu Ji
    • 1
  • Ke Chen
    • 2
  • Xiang Min Ding
    • 2
  • Aiqun Zhang
    • 1
  • Fei Chen
    • 1
  • Jia Hong Dong
    • 1
  1. 1.PLA General Hospital, Institute of Hepatobiliary SurgeryBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Hepatobiliary Surgery DepartmentNorthern Jiangsu People’s Hospital, Yangzhou UniversityYangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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