Ex Vivo Surgery Works On Complex Tumors

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 6:38am
Cole Petrochko

Multivisceral ex vivo surgery appears to be an effective treatment for locally invasive but otherwise inoperable abdominal tumors, according to a series of case reports.

Researchers managed to operate on three patients' abdominal tumors that were deemed unresectable because of their location and vascular involvement, Tomoaki Kato, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, and colleagues reported in the American Journal of Transplantation.

The first patient was a 63-year-old woman with an abdominal smooth muscle tumor that involved the abdominal aorta and the roots of the celiac and mesenteric arteries.

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