[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We monitored serum p53 antibody (s-p53-Ab) titers in a 76-year-old man with esophageal adenocarcinoma, clinical stage III (T2N2M0), for over 4 years, including during the perioperative period and throughout follow-up after surgery. Screening tests for CA19-9 (205 IU/ml) and s-p53-Abs (381 U/ml) were positive before treatment. After neoadjuvant chemotherapy with 5-FU and cisplatin, CA19-9 decreased to the normal range, but the s-p53-Ab titer remained positive (224 U/ml). Pathological findings of surgically resected specimens showed stage T1b disease and no lymph node metastases. After surgery, s-p53-Ab titers consistently decreased, with no disease recurrence. Although the s-p53-Ab titer remained positive even after 4 years, it decreased to 8.66, 3.59, 2.38, and 1.92 U/ml, 1, 2, 3, and 4 years after surgery, respectively. Thus, monitoring perioperative changes in s-p53-Ab titers proved useful for detecting the presence of residual cancer cells in a patient with superficial esophageal adenocarcinoma.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although recent technological developments and improved endoscopic procedures have further spread the application of laparoscopic pancreatic resection, laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy still presents major technical difficulties, such as when performing pancreatic-enteric anastomosis.
Laparoscopic dunking pancreaticojejunostomy using mattress sutures was performed in 15 consecutive patients with a soft pancreas and a nondilated pancreatic duct between October 2011 and December 2012.
According to the International Study Group on Pancreatic Fistula criteria, 3 patients developed PF (grade A), whereas the remaining 12 patients did not.
Dunking pancreaticojejunostomy using mattress sutures is considered to be a feasible and safe method for performing pure laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic hemihepatectomy has not yet become widely accepted because of the technical difficulties in controlling each Glissonean pedicle laparoscopically. MATERIALS AND SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: The subjects in the present study included 12 patients who underwent laparoscopic left hemihepatectomy between August 2007 and June 2011. Arantius' ligament was divided. Retracting the caudal stump of the ligament revealed a space between the left Glissonean pedicle and the liver parenchyma. The left Glissonean pedicle could be easily encircled by using an Endo Retract Maxi. No Glissonean injuries, including bleeding or biliary leakage, occurred in any of the 12 patients. DISCUSSION: Therefore, the Arantius' ligament approach for the left extrahepatic Glissonean pedicle appears to be feasible and safe for successfully performing pure laparoscopic left hemihepatectomy.
Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery 11/2012; 5(4):187-90.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although recent technological developments and improved endoscopic procedures have further spread the application of laparoscopic liver resection, laparoscopic major liver resection remains a highly specialized field because there are major technical difficulties, such as hilar dissection and pedicle control. The entire length of the primary branches of the Glissonean pedicle and the origin of the secondary branches are located outside the liver. In contrast, the trunks of the secondary branches and more peripheral branches run inside the liver. The right, left, anterior, or posterior Glissonean pedicle can thus be tied and divided en bloc extrahepatically during open anatomical liver resection. Each Glissonean pedicle can be easily and safely encircled and divided en bloc extrahepatically during laparoscopic anatomical liver resection using an Endo Retract Maxi or Endo Mini-Retract. This report describes a novel technique by which the extrahepatic Glissonean approach appears to be both feasible and safe for the performance of laparoscopic major liver resection.
Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Sciences 09/2012; 20(2). · 2.10 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pancreas-sparing duodenectomy (PSD) is a practical surgical procedure for patients with duodenal adenoma, which is difficult to resect endoscopically. We describe how we performed a totally laparoscopic PSD to resect a duodenal adenoma in a 64-year-old woman, who had been referred for treatment of a 50-mm villous polypoid mass in the second portion of the duodenum. We performed end-to-side anastomosis between the common duct of the bile and pancreatic ducts and the jejunal limb intracorporeally following the duodenal resection. A biliary leak developed, but resolved spontaneously and the patient was discharged on postoperative day (POD) 32. The surgical margin was free of neoplastic change. Although there is limited experience and appropriate indications must await future studies, this case demonstrates that laparoscopic PSD is feasible, safe, and effective for selected patients.
Surgery Today 08/2012; 42(10):1032-5. · 0.96 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent technological developments and improved endoscopic procedures have greatly enlarged the applications of laparoscopic pancreatic resection.
A 77-year-old female with invasive ductal cancer of the pancreatic body touching the common hepatic and splenic arteries underwent a pure laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy with en bloc celiac axis resection (DP-CAR). The celiac axis, the celiac plexus and ganglions, the left gastric artery, the Gerota fascia, the left adrenal gland, and the retroperitoneal fat tissues above the left renal vein were removed en bloc.
The procedure took 245 minutes and there was minimal blood loss. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged on the seventh postoperative day. The surgical margins were histologically clear (R0 resection).
Pure laparoscopic DP-CAR is minimally invasive, safe and feasible, and can achieve R0 resection in selected patients with pancreatic invasive ductal adenocarcinoma.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Laparoscopic pancreatic resection of pancreatic cancer is still not universally accepted as an alternative approach to open surgery because of technical difficulties and a lack of consensus regarding the adequacy of this approach for malignancy. Ten patients with pancreatic cancer underwent laparoscopic pancreatic resection, including pancreaticoduodenectomy and distal pancreatectomy in our institution. Eight of the 10 patients recovered without any complications and were discharged on the 10-29th postoperative day. The remaining 2 patients developed pancreatic fistula and were discharged on the 46 and 60th postoperative day, respectively. All lesions were well clear of surgical margins in 6 patients (R0). In the remaining 4 patients, microscopic neoplastic change was found at the surgical margin (R1). Those 4 patients developed tumor recurrence, including liver metastases or peritoneal dissemination, and 3 of the 4 died of the primary disease. Although experience is limited, laparoscopic pancreatic resection of pancreatic cancer can be feasible, safe, and effective in carefully selected patients. However, the benefit of this procedure has yet to be confirmed. Not only adequate experience in pancreatic surgery but also expertise in laparoscopy is mandatory, and careful selection of patients is essential for successful application of this procedure.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although recent technological developments and improved endoscopic procedures have further spread the application of laparoscopic liver resection, laparoscopic anatomical liver resection still presents major technical difficulties, such as pedicle control.
Subjects comprised 27 patients who underwent laparoscopic anatomical liver resection using an extrahepatic Glissonean pedicle transaction between August 2005 and February 2010.
A total of 61 Glissonean pedicles could be encircled en bloc extrahepatically, as planned. No serious complications, including major bleeding or injury of the portal triad, were encountered during procedures.
Extrahepatic Glissonean access seems to be feasible and safe for laparoscopic anatomical resection of the liver.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 56-year-old man was referred with lower rectal cancer showing anal canal invasion and liver metastasis. He underwent an abdominoperineal resection and a partial hepatectomy. Adjuvant therapy with tegafur-uracil and leucovorin was administered postoperatively. Lung metastasis was detected 2 years later and was resected. Right mandibular metastasis was diagnosed 2 months after the resection of the lung metastasis. A partial mandibular resection was performed after chemoradiotherapy, followed by reconstruction with a titanium frame and oral cavity reconstruction with a greater pectoral musculocutaneous flap. The pathological diagnosis was metastatic rectal cancer, and the therapeutic effect chemoradiotherapy was Grade 2. He is presently alive without any evidence of cancer, and has maintained a good quality of life 3 years after the mandibular resection and more than 5 years after his first operation. Mandibular metastasis from rectal cancer is very rare and the prognosis is poor according to the literature, so this case is considered to be very unusual.
Surgery Today 12/2010; 40(12):1188-91. · 0.96 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) reflects inflammatory status. An elevated NLR has been reported to be a prognostic indicator in some malignant tumors. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical significance of the preoperative NLR in patients with primary gastric cancer.
A total of 709 men and 319 women, with a mean age of 64.4 years, who underwent gastrectomy were included. The numbers of patients in each pathological stage were as follows: stage I, 584; stage II, 132; stage III, 153; and stage IV, 159. The mean NLR was 2.62 +/- 1.68. A total of 127 patients (12.4%) with an NLR of 4.0 or more were classified as high NLR individuals in this study. The prognostic significance of a high NLR, together with various clinicopathological factors, was evaluated by multivariate analysis.
The 5-year survival of patients with a high NLR was significantly worse than that of patients with a low NLR (57% vs 82%, P < 0.001). Univariate and multivariate analyses of clinicopathological factors affecting survival revealed that high NLR, depth of tumor, positive lymph nodes, distant metastasis, peritoneal metastasis, poorly differentiated type, and high platelet count were significant risk factors for reduced survival. On multivariate analysis, after adjusting for tumor stage, a high NLR was an independent risk factor for reduced survival (P = 0.003; adjusted hazard ratio, 1.845; 95% confidence interval, 1.236-2.747).
A high preoperative NLR may be a convenient biomarker to identify patients with a poor prognosis after resection for primary gastric cancer.
Gastric Cancer 08/2010; 13(3):170-6. · 3.99 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Extended left hepatectomy including the middle hepatic vein (MHV) may potentially induce right paramedian sector congestion of the remnant liver.
To prevent venous congestion in the right paramedian sector, we performed extended left hepatectomy including the left hemiliver and anterior segment, which drain into the MHV and left hepatic vein (LHV), for 15 patients.
In 11 of 15 patients (73%), temporary clamping of the common trunk of the MHV and LHV and the proper hepatic artery provided the anterior fissure. Regeneration rate of the middle segment was similar to that of the right lateral sector (10.8% vs 11.2%) on postoperative computed tomography (CT) after 3 months.
This procedure could represent a useful method for preventing postoperative venous congestion.
American journal of surgery 07/2010; 200(1):186-90. · 2.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report a patient who had a giant pelvic solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) that was excised with the aid of aortic balloon occlusion.
A 27-year-old woman was diagnosed, at another hospital, as having an inoperable intrapelvic tumor. On admission, computed
tomography showed that the uterus, urinary bladder, and rectum were compressed anteriorly by a pelvic tumor with a maximum
diameter of 16cm. On magnetic resonance imaging, the tumor contained mesh-like structures showing strong intensity. Transanal
needle biopsy was performed, and SFT was diagnosed by immunostaining. The tumor was supplied by feeding vessels from the inferior
mesenteric artery and bilateral internal iliac arteries. Despite massive intraoperative hemorrhage, this giant tumor was excised
with the help of aortic balloon occlusion. An intrapelvic SFT should be resected after careful preparation of countermeasures
KeywordsPelvic tumor-Solitary fibrous tumor-Aortic balloon occlusion
Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology 01/2010; 3(3):136-139.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although laparoscopic colorectal or gastric surgery has become widely accepted as a superior alternative to conventional open surgery, the surgical management of hepato-biliary-pancreatic disease has traditionally involved open surgery. Recently, many reports have described laparoscopic partial liver resection, lateral segmentectomy, and distal pancreatectomy. However, laparoscopic major hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery, such as hepatic lobectomy and pancreaticoduodenectomy, has not been widely developed because of technical difficulties.
We describe our experience with laparoscopic major hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery, including right hepatectomy using hilar Glissonean pedicle transaction, and pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy.
Although our experience is limited, and randomized study is necessary to elucidate the appropriate indications for and effects of the present procedures, we believe that laparoscopic major hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery can be feasible, safe, and effective in highly selected patients, and that it will be one of the standard therapeutic options for carefully selected patients with hepato-biliary-pancreatic disease.
Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery 08/2009; 16(6):705-10. · 1.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although many reports have described laparoscopic pancreatic surgery, pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) has not been widely accepted. The present study aimed to compare laparoscopy-assisted and open pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy (PPPD) to investigate the feasibility, safety, and tumor clearance.
Fifteen patients with periampullary disease underwent laparoscopy-assisted PPPD, in which resection was performed laparoscopically and the reconstruction was performed through a small midline incision. These patients were compared with 15 patients who, during the same period, underwent conventional open PPPD.
Mean operative time and mean blood loss were similar between groups. No significant differences in the incidence of complications or hospital stay were noted between groups. Surgical margin and number of lymph nodes found in the resected specimen did not differ between groups.
Laparoscopy-assisted PPPD is on the same level with conventional open surgery in terms of perioperative outcomes or treatment efficacy.
American journal of surgery 04/2009; 198(3):445-9. · 2.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although many reports have described laparoscopic pancreatic surgery, laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) has not been widely employed because of technical difficulties. This paper describes a totally laparoscopic pylorus-preserving PD performed for an intraductal papillary-mucinous neoplasm. After the laparoscopic resection, an end-to-side pancreaticojejunostomy including duct-to-mucosa anastomosis without a stenting tube, an approximation of the pancreas stump and jejunal wall, an end-to-side hepaticojejunostomy, and an end-to-side duodenojejunostomy were performed intracorporeally. The patient recovered without any complications and was discharged on the 14th postoperative day. The surgical margin was free of neoplastic changes. Although the experience is limited and the appropriate indications must await future studies, this case indicates that a laparoscopic pylorus-preserving PD can be feasible, safe, and effective in highly selected patients.
Surgery Today 02/2009; 39(4):359-62. · 0.96 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A major challenge in laparoscopic liver resection to avoid massive hemorrhage from the transection plane.
This study investigated 32 consecutive patients who underwent laparoscopic or laparoscopically assisted hepatic resection and had the hepatoduodenal ligament encircled by vessel tape using an Endo Retract Maxi as a tourniquet for complete interruption of blood inflow to the liver.
Laparoscopic encircling of the hepatoduodenal ligament was performed in a few minutes without any complications for any of the 32 patients.
Laparoscopic Pringle's maneuver using an Endo Retract Maxi can be performed easily for all patients undergoing laparoscopic liver resection.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Gallbladder involvement in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is extremely rare. We present a report of a 61-year-old man with a synchronous RCC metastasis to the gallbladder presenting as an intraluminal polypoid mass simulating primary gallbladder carcinoma. Enhanced abdominal computed tomography demonstrated a well-enhanced polypoid lesion in the gallbladder. Intraoperative rapid pathological examination of the gallbladder tumor showed clear cell-type cancerous cells. Microscopically, tumor cells of both the resected kidney and gallbladder had round uniform nuclei, clear cytoplasm, and well-defined cytoplasmic borders, forming alveolar patterns. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were negative for cytokeratin 7 (CK7) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), which is usually positive in primary clear cell carcinoma of the gallbladder. Therefore, the final diagnosis was RCC with a synchronous gallbladder metastasis.
Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery 02/2008; 15(2):209-12. · 1.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Patients with carcinoma of the gallbladder that is preoperatively diagnosed by radiology do not undergo laparoscopic resection, because such surgery is thought to worsen the prognosis of gallbladder carcinoma. However, the prognosis for patients with incidental T2 gallbladder carcinoma who are treated laparoscopically is reportedly no worse than that for patients undergoing conventional surgery. We successfully performed total laparoscopic resection of the gallbladder together with the gallbladder bed without any complications. We believe that this procedure represents a valid therapeutic option for carefully selected patients with T2 carcinoma of the gallbladder.
Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery 02/2008; 15(6):585-8. · 1.60 Impact Factor