Isolated caudate lobe (Spiegel lobe) resection for hepatoblastoma. Is it enough to achieve a sufficient resection margin? A case report



      Hepatoblastoma arising from and limited to the caudate lobe is an extremely rare clinical entity. The object of this case report is to present a case of isolated caudate lobe resection due to hepatoblastoma originating in the caudate lobe.


      The patient was an 18-month-old male who was admitted with a huge tumor located in the left hepatic lobe. The histological diagnosis was fetal type of hepatoblastoma. The patient received 4 cycles of preoperative and 2 cycles of postoperative chemotherapy.


      During surgical exploration, a well-defined, exophytic tumor originating in the caudate lobe was found. Isolated caudate lobe (Spiegel lobe) resection was performed. The intra- and postoperative course was uneventful. Surgical margins were negative for tumor. The patient remains alive with no signs of recurrence 15 months after surgery.


      Isolated caudate lobe resection is one of the most challenging procedures in liver surgery. Despite the technical difficulties and high complications risk, isolated caudate lobectomy can be performed successfully in children. It needs to be noted that in the reported case, preoperative chemotherapy shrunk the tumor and largely facilitated its resection.

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