Yi-Fa Chen

Tongji Hospital, Wu-han-shih, Hubei, China

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    ABSTRACT: Internationally, postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). In order to reduce the incidence of POPF, a number of technical modifications for pancreato-enteric anastomosis after PD have been proposed. In 1995, we established a new technique with transpancreatic transverse U-sutures for end-to-end invaginated pancreaticojejunostomy after a PD, and the preliminary results were quite encouraging. This study aims to review a new surgical approach, the Chen's U-stitch technique, for end-to-end invaginated pancreaticojejunostomy, which involves two to four transpancreatic transverse U-sutures, and to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach with reducing the incidence of POPF formation.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 07/2014; · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Massive hemorrhage remains an important clinical problem in extracapsular resection of giant liver hemangiomas (GLHs), especially for those involving the proximal hepatic veins and/or inferior vena cava. Between July 2004 and March 2012, 87 patients with a complex GLH scheduled for surgical treatment were included in this study. All patients were underwent vascular preparation (Step 1), advanced hepatic artery clamping (Step 2), and stepwise vascular occlusion (Step 3). Intraoperative blood loss, blood transfusion volume, degree of ischemia-reperfusion injury, and postoperative complications were recorded. No patients required urgent vascular preparation to manage intraoperative bleeding. In total, 87, 64, and 21 patients had portal triad (PT), infrahepatic inferior vena cava (IVC), and suprahepatic IVC preparation; and 17, 43, and 11 patients had PT, PT and suprahepatic IVC, and all three (PT, infra-, and suprahepatic IVC) occlusions. The PT, infrahepatic IVC, and SIVC occlusion times were 12.1 ± 3.7 minutes, 7.9 ± 2.4 minutes, and 3.2 ± 1.4 minutes, respectively. Mean blood loss was 291.9 ± 124.5 mL, and only four patients received blood transfusions. No patients had life-threatening complications or died (Clavien-Dindo Grade 4, 5). Compared with paralleled studies, this technique has an advantage to decrease the blood loss in less liver ischemia time. For complex GLH resections, the described step-by-step vascular control technique was efficacious and feasible for controlling intraoperative bleeding.
    The American surgeon 01/2014; 80(1):15-20. · 0.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after curative resection usually originates from intrahepatic metastasis (IM) or multicentric occurrence (MO). The long-term outcomes of repeat hepatic resection in patients with different types of recurrence have not been evaluated in a large number of patients. The surgical indications for recurrent HCC remain controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate long-term outcomes of repeat hepatic resection and clinicopathologic factors associated with different types of recurrent HCC, and to single out principle differentiating factors between IM and MO. 82 patients who underwent repeat hepatic resection for recurrent HCC were retrospectively studied. The recurrent type was evaluated by histopathologic analysis of primary and recurrent HCC. The recurrence and survival rates as well as clinicopathologic factors associated with different types of recurrence were analyzed. 45 patients (54.9%) had confirmed with IM, and 37 patients (45.1%) had with MO. The recurrence rates in the MO patients after initial or repeat resection were significantly lower than those in the IM patients (p < 0.001). The overall survival rates in the MO patients after initial or repeat resection were significantly higher than those in the IM patients (p < 0.001). Recurrence-free time was identified as the most significant differentiating factor between IM and MO. A recurrence-free time of 18 months after initial resection was a significant cutoff time point for differentiating between IM and MO. A recurrence-free time of less than or equal to 18 months and microvascular invasion at repeat resection were independent adverse prognostic factors for overall survival after repeat hepatic resection. Repeat hepatic resection resulted in much higher survival rates in the MO patients than in the IM patients. Repeat hepatic resection could be recommended for those patients in whom the recurrent HCC occurs more than 18 months after initial resection.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 03/2012; 19(8):2515-25. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The conventional method of anatomical right hemihepatectomy (ARHH) requires hilus dissection. We report a method without hilus dissection to minimize intraoperative bleeding. We retrospectively evaluated data of 107 patients who received ARHH involving ligation of corresponding inflow and outflow vessels (LCIOV) without hilus dissection between January 2000 and October 2008. Results were compared to those of patients who underwent non-anatomical right hemihepatectomies (NARHH). The two groups had similar gender and age (both, P>0.05). The LCIOV group had a higher percentage of patients without intrahepatic metastases (94.6% vs 80.3%, P=0.003). Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) lesion size (9.3 vs 10.2, P=0.023), durations of inferior vena cava occlusion (4 vs 4.7, P<0.001) and portal triad occlusion (7 vs 11, P<0.001), blood loss (430 vs 580 mL, P=0.001), transfusion volume (300 vs 520 mL, P<0.001), and measures of postoperative liver function (e.g. maximum aspartate aminotransferase [AST]) of the LCIOV group were also significantly less than the NARHH group. Larger hepatic cavernous hemangiomas (HCH) lesion size (16.2 vs 13.0, P<0.001), longer operative time (168 vs 154 min, P=0.017), and a lower percentage of patients with inferior vena cava occlusion (17.8% vs 35.2%, P=0.001), pleural effusions (19.3% vs 30.9%, P=0.042), and blood transfusions (10.3% vs 75.0%, P<0.001) were found in the LCIOV group. The reported method is a safe and bloodless technique for right hemihepatectomy in select patients.
    Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 04/2011; 26(4):663-8. · 3.33 Impact Factor
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    Langenbeck s Archives of Surgery 10/2009; · 1.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate long-term outcomes of minor liver resection for hilar cholangiocarcinoma (HC) of Bismuth-Corlette type III. From January 1997 to December 2007, the clinical data of 91 patients with Bismuth-Corlette type III HC underwent hepatectomy were collected and analyzed retrospectively. There were 60 patients underwent minor hepatectomy, and 31 undergoing major hepatectomy. Hepaticojejunostomy was made conventionally in an end-to-side fashion in the patients undergoing major liver resection, and a new technique of hepaticojejunostomy used in the patients undergoing minor liver resection. That was the anterior edges of bile duct stumps which were not sutured after suturing of posterior edges. Instead of, the anterior edge of jejunum loop to the remnant liver on the top of the bile duct stumps were sutured with intermittent "U" sutures. In all patients, in-hospital mortality rate was 0 and rate of bile leakage was only 2.1%. The actual 1-, 3- and 5-year survival rates were 91.6% and 87.0%, 61.6% and 62.0%, 31.6% and 33.0%, respectively (P > 0.05). Minor liver resection for the selected patients with HC of Bismuth-Corlette type III according to our criteria achieved better long-term outcomes. A new hepaticojejunostomy used in the patients undergoing minor liver resection is a safe and effective method.
    Zhonghua wai ke za zhi [Chinese journal of surgery] 08/2009; 47(15):1148-50.
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    ABSTRACT: To study the effect of Extractum trametes robiniophila murr on cardiac allograft rejection in mice. All abdominal heterotopic heart transplantation models were divided into three groups as follows: (A) Extractum trametes robiniophila murr group. (B) Rejection group. (C) Isograft group. In each group, mean survival times (MST) of transplanted hearts and their pathologic histological changes at postoperative fifth day were observed. With fluoroimmunoassay, granzyme B and CD8(+) expressions were examined. The MST of heart allografts in group A were (6.38 +/- 0.69) d, significantly shorter than that of group B [(8.31 +/- 0.59) d] (P < 0.01). In group A, acute rejection was present in advance; transplanted hearts were seriously damaged into acute rejection pathological grade 3, and CD8(+) T lymphocytes infiltrated diffusely and the expression of granzyme B increased significantly as compared with other groups. Exclusive application of Extractum trametes robiniophila murr can promote the acute rejection of graft in early phase of postoperation, and the mechanism may be the promoted proliferation and infiltration of CD8(+) T lymphocytes and the increased expression of granzyme B.
    Zhonghua wai ke za zhi [Chinese journal of surgery] 06/2009; 47(12):931-3.
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    ABSTRACT: Postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). Thus, a number of technical modifications regarding the pancreato-enteric anastomosis after PD have been proposed to reduce POPF rate. Until now, there is no consensus on which is the best. This study presents a new technique of the end-to-end invaginated pancreaticojejunostomy with two to three transpancreatic U-sutures and evaluates its safety and reliability. From 2002 to 2007, 88 patients (54 men and 34 women) underwent an invaginated end-to-end pancreaticojejunostomy with two to three transpancreatic U-sutures after PD. The mean age was 52.4 years (range, 26-74 years). The diseases of the all patients were malignant. In all patients of this study, two transpancreatic U-sutures were performed in 59 and three U-sutures in 29. The median duration of surgery was 3.8 h (range 3-6.5) and the median time to perform pancreaticojejunostomy was 13.3 min (range 8-25). The median blood loss was 750 ml (range 300-1,800), 36 patients needed transfusion and the median blood transfusion was 380 mL (range 200-1,200). Overall morbidity occurred in 15 patients (17.0%). Only two patients (2.2%) had grade A of POPF and no patient had grade B and grade C of POPF. No operative death occurred. An invaginated end-to-end pancreaticojejunostomy with two to three transpancreatic U-sutures is simple, rapid, safe, and reliable technique, even in some patients with soft pancreas and small pancreatic duct.
    Langenbeck s Archives of Surgery 05/2009; 394(4):739-44. · 1.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: B7-H4, a recently discovered member of B7 family, can negatively regulate T cell responses. However, it is not clear whether B7-H4 negatively function in cell transplantation. In this study we investigated the immunosuppressive effect of B7-H4 on beta-cell transplantation. An insulinoma cell line, NIT-1, transfected with B7-H4 (B7-H4-NIT) was established, and transplanted to diabetic C57BL/6 mice by intraperitoneal injection. Proliferation assay of splenocytes in vitro showed that B7-H4-NIT suppressed alloreactive T cell activation. The proportion of IFN-gamma-producing cells in recipient spleen was significantly reduced and the number of Treg cells was upregulated in B7-H4-NIT group compared to the control, EGFP-NIT. The expression of mRNA coding IFN-gamma was lower but that of IL-4 was higher in B7-H4-NIT transplanted recipients than in the control animals. The results of ELISA also revealed the same trends. Diabetic mice reached normalglycemic quickly and gained weight after transplantation of B7-H4-NIT. More importantly, the survival time for recipients transplanted with B7-H4-NIT cells was significantly longer than that with EGFP-NIT cells. These results indicate that B7-H4 transfection prolongs beta-cell graft survival.
    Transplant Immunology 05/2009; 21(3):143-9. · 1.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mesohepatectomy is a rarely used operative procedure to treat liver cancer because of its technical complexity. In patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with a viral hepatitic/cirrhotic background, this procedure can be used to resect the tumor with adequate margins, while at the same time preserve as much functioning hepatic parenchyma as possible. This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the early results and late survival outcomes of mesohepatectomy in HCC. From 1996 to 2005, 256 patients with HCC situated at the central liver segments (Couinaud segments IV, V, VIII+/-I) were treated with mesohepatectomy. The treatment outcomes of these patients were retrospectively analyzed. The in-hospital mortality rate was 0.4%, but the postoperative morbidity rate was 28.1%. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival rates were 77.0, 49.8, and 35.1%, while the 1-, 3-, and 5-year disease-free survival rates were 59.1, 28.8, and 17.0%, respectively. Multivariate analyses showed the significant factors for overall survival were tumor size>8 cm, vascular invasion, and alpha fetoprotein (AFP)>5,000 ng/ml; and for disease-free survival were tumor size>8 cm, vascular invasion, tumor number (three or more), AFP>5,000 ng/ml. Mesohepatectomy is a safe and effective treatment for a centrally situated HCC with a viral hepatitic/cirrhotic background.
    International Journal of Colorectal Disease 05/2008; 23(5):543-6. · 2.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The role of preoperative transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) for resectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was controversial. 246 patients with large centrally located HCC underwent mesohepatectomy (MH) and were divided into two groups: group A, 89 patients with preoperative TACE; group B, 157 patients without preoperative TACE. The aim was to evaluate the influence of preoperative TACE on postoperative complications and long-term results of patients with large centrally located HCC. In the 89 patients of the TACE-MH group, a total of 123 (mean 1.4 per patient) preoperative TACEs were performed. The differences in postoperative complications (34.8 vs. 24.2%; p=0.075) and overall hospital mortality (3.4 vs. 0.6%; p=0.103) between the two groups were not significant. The postoperative recurrence rate in the remnant liver was higher in the MH group than in the TACE-MH group (79.6 vs. 73.0%), while the extrahepatic metastasis rate in the TACE-MH group was higher than that in the MH group (11.1 vs. 7.0%). Overall 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates were 87.1, 62.9, and 46.2%, respectively, for the TACE-MH group, and 82.2, 54.4, and 31.7%, respectively, for the MH group (p=0.001); 1-, 3-, and 5-year disease-free survival rates were 75.0, 46.2, and 31.8%, respectively, for the TACE-MH group, and 69.6, 38.0, and 16.5%, respectively, for the MH group (p=0.002). Long-term outcomes of patients with preoperative TACE were improved and the pattern of the recurrences after surgery was altered. The patients with large centrally located HCC could benefit more from this neoadjuvant treatment, although there was some influence of preoperative TACE on postoperative complications.
    Digestive Surgery 02/2007; 24(3):208-13. · 1.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The interleukin-1 receptor-like protein ST2 exists in both membrane-bound (ST2L) and soluble form (sST2). ST2L has been found to play an important regulatory role in Th2-type immune response, but the function of soluble form of ST2 remains to be elucidated. In this study, we report the protective effect of soluble ST2 on warm hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury. We constructed a eukaryotic expression plasmid, psST2-Fc, which expresses functional murine soluble ST2-human IgG1 Fc (sST2-Fc) fusion protein. The liver damage after ischemia/reperfusion was significantly attenuated by the expression of this plasmid in vivo. sST2-Fc remarkably inhibited the activation of Kupffer cells and the production of proinflammatory mediators TNF-alpha and IL-6. Furthermore, the levels of TLR4 mRNA and the nuclear translocation of NF-kappaB were also suppressed by pretreatment with sST2-Fc. These results thus identified soluble ST2 as a negative regulator in hepatic I/R injury, possibly via ST2-TLR4 pathway.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 01/2007; 351(4):940-6. · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The role of surgical resection and thrombectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT) is controversial. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the location and extent of PVTT on the long-term outcomes of surgical treatment for HCC. A total of 438 patients with HCC and PVTT underwent liver resection with or without thrombectomy. These 438 patients were divided into 2 groups: in group A, PVTT was located in the hepatic resection area or protruded into the first branch of the main portal vein beyond the resection line for < 1 cm (286 patients), and in group B, PVTT extended into the main portal vein (152 patients). Concomitant thrombectomy was performed in 147 patients (51.4%) of group A and in all patients of group B. PVTT recurrence within 6 months after surgery in group B was significantly higher than that in group A: 76.9% vs. 11.3%. Remnant liver recurrence within 1 year after surgery was 45.0% in group A and 78.8% in group B. The cumulative 1-, 2-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival rates were 58.7%, 39.9%, 22.7%, and 18.1% for group A and 39.5%, 20.4%, 5.7%, and 0% for group B, respectively. The overall survivals were significantly better in group A than group B (P < .02). Liver resection with thrombectomy yielded better outcomes in the HCC patients with PVTT confined to the first or second branch of the main portal vein compared with PVTT extending into the main portal vein.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 08/2006; 13(7):940-6. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatic veins remain patent during complete inflow occlusion (CIO) and bleeding from them may continue. Occlusion of the inferior vena cava (ICV) during CIO may reduce blood loss from hepatic veins. This study was designed to compare the overall outcomes after application of CIO with or without occlusion of the ICV below the liver in complex mesohepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with cirrhosis. One hundred and eighteen (118) patients were randomly assigned to CIO or a modified technique of hepatic vascular exclusion (MTHVE). Hemodynamic parameters were evaluated and the amount of blood loss, measurement of liver enzymes, and postoperative progress were recorded. Blood loss during liver transection in CIO groups was significantly greater than that in MTHVE group (P=0.046). Thus, incidence of blood transfusion was significantly greater in patients of the CIO group (P=0.041). There were no significant differences in liver enzyme changes, bilirubin, or morbidity in the postoperative period between the two groups. CIO with occlusion of the ICV below the liver is a safe, effective, and feasible technique during mesohepatectomy in HCC patients with cirrhosis. Excellent results were obtained with minimized bleeding, limited hepatic function damage, and low rate of postoperative complications.
    Langenbeck s Archives of Surgery 07/2006; 391(3):209-15. · 1.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To analyse the causes and the management of massive hemorrhage in hepatectomy. With over 1 000 ml of bleeding, 4 368 patients with hepatectomy between 1955 and 2000 were analysed retrospectively. Among 4 368 patients receiving hepatectomy, 286 (6.5%) had massive hemorrhage because of damage to the major hepatic veins, portal hypertension, hepatic insufficiency, and the extensive adhesion around the tumor. Massive hemorrhage was managed by repair and transfixation of the damaged vessels; transfixation or devascularization of variceal bleeding; complete vessels ligation of the hepatic section with mattress suture; resection of the ruptured tumor after temporary occlusion of the porta hepatis; fibrinogen infusion; hot saline compression of the surface of the wound and/or daub biological glue; argon beam coagulation and packs placement. Light performance and nonforce dragging of liver can reduce massive hemorrhage caused by major vessel injury or tumor rupture. Normothetic occlusion of porta hepatis can reduce blood loss effectively when liver resection. In situ hepatectomy must be adopted if there is extensive adhesion around the tumor. Packs placement is still an effective measure to stop bleeding caused by defective coagulation and extensive blood oozing of wound surface.
    Zhonghua wai ke za zhi [Chinese journal of surgery] 04/2003; 41(3):172-4.