World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 2642–2650 | Cite as

Impact of Hepatitis B Carrier Status on the Outcomes of Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Liver Metastases

  • Kin Pan Au
  • Kenneth Siu Ho ChokEmail author
  • Albert Chi Yan Chan
  • Wing Chiu Dai
  • Tan To Cheung
  • Chung Mau Lo
Original Scientific Report



Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is associated with a lower incidence of colorectal liver metastases. We explored the impact of HBV carrier status on outcomes of surgical treatment of colorectal liver metastases.


A retrospective analysis was conducted for consecutive patients undergoing liver resection for colorectal liver metastases from 2000 to 2016. HBV carriers were matched with controls by propensity scoring.


304 patients with known HBV carrier status who underwent resection of colorectal liver metastases were studied. From the 21 (6.9%) hepatitis B carriers, a more prolonged prothrombin time (12.1 vs. 11.3 s, OR 1.42, p = 0.027) was observed, and fewer major resections were performed (19.0 vs. 47.3%, OR 0.262, p = 0.018). After 1:5 propensity score matching, they were compared with 105 controls with similar liver function, tumour status and receiving similar treatments. Patients with chronic hepatitis B enjoyed better median disease-free survival (15.8 vs. 9.20 month, p = 0.032). Overall survivals (50.0 vs. 43.6 month, p = 0.15) were similar. Operating time (227 vs. 240 min, OR 1.00, p = 0.33), blood loss (0.50 vs. 0.37 L, OR 1.15, p = 0.62), hospital stay (6 vs. 6 day, OR 1.02, p = 0.48), operative morbidity (9.5 vs. 16.2%, OR 0.545, p = 0.44) and mortality (0 vs. 1.0%, OR 1.62, p = 0.77) were comparable. The use of antiviral agents did not affect survival of HBV carriers.


Chronic HBV infection confers oncological benefit to surgical treatment of colorectal liver metastases. Given satisfactory liver reserve, HBV carrier status did not affect operative morbidity or mortality.


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Conflicts of interest

The authors declared that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kin Pan Au
    • 1
  • Kenneth Siu Ho Chok
    • 1
    Email author
  • Albert Chi Yan Chan
    • 1
  • Wing Chiu Dai
    • 1
  • Tan To Cheung
    • 1
  • Chung Mau Lo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Queen Mary HospitalThe University of Hong KongPokfulamHong Kong

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