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Laparoscopic Liver Resection for Subcapsular Hepatocellular Carcinoma Complicating Chronic Liver Disease—Invited Critique

John D. Papadimitriou, MD, FACS
Arch Surg. 2003;138(7):769. doi:10.1001/archsurg.138.7.769.
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Laparoscopic surgery is a technique that has been applied to almost every organ; its said advantages, however, are not always convincing. Liver resection is the treatment of choice for patients with HCC, although other percutaneous methods for ablation of hepatic neoplasms have been reported. Since patients with liver carcinoma and chronic liver disease have higher mortality and morbidity rates,1 any method that aims to reduce the postoperative course is a welcome addition to the surgeon's armamentarium.

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