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Arterial blood supply to the posterior aspect of segment IV of the liver from the caudate branch: demonstration at CT after iodized oil injection.
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PMID:  16251397     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To retrospectively evaluate the arterial blood supply to the posterior aspect of segment IV of the liver with computed tomography (CT) after transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) with iodized oil through the caudate arterial branch of the liver for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval and patient informed consent were not required for this retrospective study. Twenty-four patients (11 men and 13 women; mean age, 68 years) with HCC originating in the caudate lobe (n = 23) or posterior aspect of segment IV (n = 1) were selected. TACE of the caudate arterial branch was performed in all patients, including one patient with HCC in the posterior aspect of segment IV who underwent TACE of the caudate arterial branch after CT helped confirm that iodized oil was not distributed in the tumor after TACE of the medial segmental artery. The distribution of iodized oil in the posterior aspect of segment IV was analyzed with CT 1 week after TACE. The number and origin of all arteries supplying the caudate lobe and the number of arteries embolized were determined. RESULTS: Thirty-three caudate arterial branches were embolized. Twenty-nine branches were derived from the right hepatic artery and four were derived from the left hepatic artery. A single branch was seen in 17 patients, two branches were seen in five, and three branches were seen in two. Eight patients simultaneously underwent additional TACE of branches of the right hepatic artery (n = 6) or right inferior phrenic artery (n = 2). At CT, iodized oil was seen to be distributed entirely (n = 19) or partially (n = 5) in the caudate lobe. Distribution of iodized oil at the posterior aspect of segment IV was observed in 16 patients (67%), including 13 (54%) whose caudate arterial branches were derived entirely from the right hepatic artery. CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that the caudate arterial branch, which is mainly derived from the right hepatic artery, frequently supplies the posterior aspect of segment IV. This knowledge is important for managing HCC in the posterior aspect of segment IV by means of TACE.
Shiro Miyayama; Osamu Matsui; Keiichi Taki; Tetsuya Minami; Yasuji Ryu; Chiharu Ito; Koichi Nakamura; Dai Inoue; Shigeyuki Takamatsu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-10-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiology     Volume:  237     ISSN:  0033-8419     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiology     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-23     Completed Date:  2006-01-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401260     Medline TA:  Radiology     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1110-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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RSNA, 2005
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Fukuiken Saiseikai Hospital, 7-1, Funabashi, Wadanaka-cho, Fukui 918-8503, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / radiography,  therapy*
Chemoembolization, Therapeutic / methods*
Hepatic Artery
Iodized Oil / administration & dosage*
Liver / blood supply*
Liver Neoplasms / radiography,  therapy*
Retrospective Studies
Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
8001-40-9/Iodized Oil

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