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OBJECTIVE: To report the surgical technique of ovarian cancer resection at the porta hepatis (PH) and hepato-celiac lymph nodes (HCL). To assess surgical and survival outcomes. Define the accuracy of an integrated diagnostic pathway. METHODS: Patients with FIGO stage IIIC-IV ovarian cancer that underwent Visceral-Peritoneal Debulking (VPD). Data of patients with disease at the PH/HCL during VPD were extracted from our database. The CT scan findings were compared with the exploratory laparoscopy. Accuracy of CT scan, intra- and post-operative morbidity, rate of complete resection (CR), disease free and overall survival are reported. RESULTS: Thirty one patients out of 216 (14.3%) had tumor at the PH and/or HCL. In 8 patients out of 31 (25.8%) it was only found with the aid of the exploratory laparoscopy. CR was achieved in 28 patients out of 31 (90.3%). Pathology confirmed disease in the PH/HCL specimens of all but one patient. Overall morbidity relating to the VPD was 29.2%. No complication was specifically related to the PH/HCL. Median disease free survival was 19months and median overall survival was 42months. CONCLUSION: PH/HCL surgery was required in 15% of patients with FIGO stage IIIC-IV. The surgery was feasible, safe and significantly contributed to CR. CT scan failed to identify the disease in 31% of the patients. CT and laparoscopy correctly identified all patients.

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Journal article


Gynecol Oncol

Publication Date





35 - 39


Hepato-celiac lymphadenectomy, Ovarian cancer, Porta hepatis, Adult, Aged, Carcinoma, Ovarian Epithelial, Cytoreduction Surgical Procedures, Female, Humans, Lymph Node Excision, Middle Aged, Neoplasm Staging, Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial, Ovarian Neoplasms, Peritoneum, Tomography, X-Ray Computed