Identification of cofactors influencing hypertrophy of the future liver remnant after portal vein embolization-the effect of collaterals on embolized liver volume

Martin Zeile, Artur Bakal, Jan E. Volkmer, Gregor A. Stavrou, Philip Dautel, Jan Hoeltje, Axel Stang, Karl J. Oldhafer, Roland Brüning


The purpose of this retrospective study was to monitor hypertrophy of future liver remnant following portal vein embolization (PVE) before planned extended right hepatectomy. However, because individual responses to PVE are highly variable, our focus was to identify cofactors of successful hypertrophy. METHODS 28 patients with primary or secondary liver tumours, mean age 64.1 $ 12.9 years, underwent PVE. Volumetric analysis of hypertrophy before and after PVE (median 39.0 $ 15.7 days) was performed. The embolized liver segments were investigated for occurrence of reperfusion of their portal branches. Blood parameters before PVE were additionally investigated. RESULTS Patients were divided into responders (21/28) and non-responders (7/28) by post-PVE standardized future liver remnant being above or below 25%, respectively. No significant differences between the groups were found regarding biometric and volumetric parameters before PVE. In the entire group after PVE, the mean absolute increase of Segments 2 and 3 was 196.0 $ 84.7 cm3 and the median relative increase was 46.6 $ 98.8%. The formation of left to right hepatic portoportal collaterals exhibited a negative correlation to successful hypertrophy (p = 0.004) as well as low plasma total protein (p = 0.019). Successful embolization of Segment IV showed only a trend to significance (p = 0.098). CONCLUSION Cofactors associated with a favourable outcome regarding hypertrophy were the absence of collaterals in the control CT scans and high plasma total protein. Advances in knowledge: Portoportal collaterals negatively influence hypertrophy after PVE. On the other hand, plasma total protein is a positive prognostic indicator on hypertrophy of the liver in our cohort.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe British journal of radiology
Issue number1068
Pages (from-to)20160306
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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