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The associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) technique can induce a greater degree of hypertrophy of the future liver remnant (FLR) in a shorter time compared with other procedures. A robotic approach may reduce the complication rate, increasing the ability to perform classic ALPPS. We report technical and clinical considerations on the first full robotic ALPPS (stages 1 and 2) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with portal vein intrahepatic tumor thrombus. The patient was a 38-year-old man with Milan-out HCC and FLR volume of 19.6%. On postoperative day (POD) 8, FLR increased to 37%; therefore, he underwent completion of ALPPS on POD 10. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient was discharged in good general conditions on POD 3. Robotic ALPPS is safe and feasible for selected patients with initially unresectable HCC or requiring extended resections, with good postoperative outcomes. © 2020 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Giacomo Assirati, Paolo Magistri. Full robotic ALPPS for HCC with intrahepatic portal vein thrombosis. The international journal of medical robotics + computer assisted surgery : MRCAS. 2020 Apr;16(2):e2087

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PMID: 32011081

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