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Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) followed by hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) can improve the prognosis of selected patients with peritoneal surface malignancy (PSM). Usually, treatment is performed as an extensive one-step approach. We investigated the feasibility of delayed HIPEC, if the one-step procedure was interrupted precociously. 42 patients with PSM who underwent CRS and delayed HIPEC from 2006-2008 were studied. HIPEC was performed 5 days after treatment with mitomycin, cisplatin and hyperthermia. Perioperative complications and toxicity were analyzed. Delayed HIPEC was successfully completed in 40 of the 42 patients. In 2 cases, HIPEC was omitted because of complications during chemotherapy (anastomotic leakage and retroperitoneal edema). Minor and major surgical complications occurred in 18 and 9 of the 40 patients treated with HIPEC (45 vs. 22.5%), respectively. Toxicity grade II-IV (WHO criteria) was observed in 4 of them (10%). Median stay in the intensive care unit was 9 days (range 2-31) while the mean hospitalization time was 24 days (range 14-59). In this series, there was no mortality. Postponement of HIPEC after CRS (two-step approach) is feasible. Analysis of morbidity and mortality showed no significant difference to the one-step approach reported in the literature and no disadvantages for the patient. The two-step approach is an alternative option for patients who had to discontinue the one-step approach due to unpredictable intraoperative complications. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.


Z Mohr, C Hirche, U Liebeskind, B Rau, M Hünerbein. Feasibility of delayed hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in case of unforeseen complications. European surgical research. Europäische chirurgische Forschung. Recherches chirurgicales européennes. 2011;47(1):19-25

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