Surgical Treatment of Klatskin’s Tumors
In 1965 Klatskin drew attention to the unusual clinical and pathological features of adenocarcinomas that arise in the hepatic duct at its bifurcation within the porta hepatis. At this time, “Klatskin’s tumors” were regarded as a relatively rare lesion, but with the advancement of modern medical technology they are now more frequently diagnosed. Malignancies at the hepatic bifurcation can be broadly divided into two types of lesions. First, there are true extrahepatic bile duct cancers (Klatskin’s tumors) and, secondly, those malignancies which involve the hepatic bifurcation (e.g., hepatocellular carcinoma, metastatic spread, carcinoma of the gallbladder).
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