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International Journal of Clinical Oncology

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 490–496 | Cite as

Prognosis analysis of sarcomatous intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma from a review of the literature

  • Go Watanabe
  • Hiroshi Uchinami
  • Masato Yoshioka
  • Hiroshi Nanjo
  • Yuzo Yamamoto
Original Article

Abstract

Background

Sarcomatous intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is a rare histological variant of ICC. The prognosis of sarcomatous ICC is poorly understood.

Methods

We analyzed the prognosis of sarcomatous ICC by reviewing the previous reports and our own case.

Results

Only 15 cases of sarcomatous ICC have been reported in the English-language literature so far. Median survival time of patients with sarcomatous ICC with and without surgery was 11 and 3 months, respectively. Survival rate of patients operated on for sarcomatous ICC was similar to that of patients with ordinary ICC without surgery in the early postoperative period. In the long-term view, however, the prognosis for the patients with sarcomatous ICC receiving surgery was better than that for the patients with ordinary ICC without surgery.

Conclusion

Although the prognosis for the patients with sarcomatous ICC was poor even after curative resection, surgery would be justified as the primary treatment for sarcomatous ICC.

Keywords

Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma Sarcomatous Prognosis 

Notes

Conflict of interest

The authors have no potential conflict of interest.

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© Japan Society of Clinical Oncology 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Go Watanabe
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Uchinami
    • 1
  • Masato Yoshioka
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Nanjo
    • 2
  • Yuzo Yamamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Gastroenterological SurgeryAkita University Graduate School of MedicineAkitaJapan
  2. 2.Division of Clinical PathologyAkita University Graduate School of MedicineAkitaJapan

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