[Portal vein embolisation prior to extended liver resection - current and future aspects].

Zentralblatt fur Chirurgie

PubMedID: 23950080

Rauchfuss F, Scheuerlein H, Lopatta E, Dittmar Y, Schüle S, Settmacher U. [Portal vein embolisation prior to extended liver resection - current and future aspects]. Zentralbl Chir. 2013;138(4):442-8.
Extended liver resections are associated with the risk of postoperative liver dysfunction up to liver failure. For this reason, prior to extended liver resections patients are conditioned in multi-modal therapy regimes. Portal vein embolisation is an essential part of such a multi-modal therapy. The aim of this intervention is an induction of hypertrophy of the future remnant liver volume. Thereby, the risk of postoperative liver failure is decreased. This article summarises the actual aspects of portal vein embolisation prior to extended liver resections.