Posthepatectomy Liver Failure

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Abstract

Background:

Posthepatectomy liver failure (PHLF) is one of the most serious complications after liver resection and is still reported in up to 8% after liver resection.

Aims:

To provide an overview about the current status of risk analysis and definition of PHLF. Prevention and treatment is also discussed.

Methods:

A literature review was carried out on PubMed using the terms ‘liver failure’, ‘posthepatectomy’ and ‘liver surgery’ to search relevant papers.

Discussion:

PHLF remains a serious problem in patients undergoing major liver resection. Adequate preoperative risk assessment and an optimal postoperative treatment are essential for PHLF prevention.

Discussion:

Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel

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