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Cordera F , Arciero CA , Li T , Watson JC , Hoffman JP
Significance of common hepatic artery lymph node metastases during pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic head adenocarcinoma
Ann Surg Oncol. 2007 Aug;14(8) :2330-6
PMID: 17492334   
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BACKGROUND: Common hepatic artery lymph nodes (CHALN) are frequently sampled during pancreaticoduodenectomy for adenocarcinomas of the head of the pancreas. In some institutions, if metastatic disease is detected intraoperatively in these lymph nodes, the tumor is considered unresectable and a curative operation is not performed. No solid data exist to support this practice. METHODS: A retrospective review of a prospectively collected database was conducted of the records of all patients who underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma between September 1991 and April 2005. Clinical and pathologic factors were analyzed to determine their influence on survival. RESULTS: Fifty-five of 175 patients had CHALN separately identified and evaluated; these patients constituted the study population. Thirty-eight patients (69%) had one or more lymph nodes with metastatic involvement; 10 of these had disease in CHALN. The median overall survival for patients with node-negative, node-positive (but CHALN-negative), and CHALN-positive disease were 22.9, 16.1, and 14.7 months, respectively. The 5-year overall survival rates for the respective groups were 22%, 17%, and 0%. CONCLUSIONS: CHALN metastases correlate with poor prognosis and no long-term survival. Further studies examining CHALN status are indicated and could lead to modifications of pancreatic cancer staging and management.
Cordera, Fernando Arciero, Cletus A Li, Tianyu Watson, James C Hoffman, John P Comparative Study United States Annals of surgical oncology Ann Surg Oncol. 2007 Aug;14(8):2330-6. Epub 2007 May 10.