Should jaundice preclude resection in patients with gallbladder cancer? Results from a nation-wide cohort study

Elise A. J. de Savornin Lohman, Hendrien Kuipers, Mike van Dooren, Rob H. A. Verhoeven, Joris I. Erdmann, Bas Groot Koerkamp, Andries E. Braat, Jeroen Hagendoorn, Freek Daams, Ronald van Dam, Thomas M. van Gulik, Marieke T. de Boer, Philip R. de Reuver*

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Background: It is controversial whether patients with gallbladder cancer (GBC) presenting with jaundice benefit from resection. This study re-evaluates the impact of jaundice on resectability and survival.

Methods: Data was collected on surgically explored GBC patients in all Dutch academic hospitals from 2000 to 2018. Survival and prognostic factors were assessed.

Results: In total 202 patients underwent exploration and 148 were resected; 124 non-jaundiced patients (104 resected) and 75 jaundiced patients (44 resected). Jaundiced patients had significantly (P 0.05) more pT3/T4 tumors, extended ( 3 segments) liverand organ resections, major postoperative complications and margin-positive resection. 90-day mortality was higher in jaundiced patients (14% vs. 0%, P <0.001). Median overall survival (OS) was 7.7 months in jaundiced patients (2-year survival 17%) vs. 26.1 months in non-jaundiced patients (2-year survival 39%, P <0.001). In multivariate analysis, jaundice (HR1.89) was a poor prognostic factor for OS in surgically explored but not in resected patients. Six jaundiced patients did not develop a recurrence; none had liveror common bile duct (CBD) invasion on imaging.

Conclusion: Jaundice is associated with poor survival. However, jaundice is not an independent adverse prognostic factor in resected patients. Surgery should be considered in patients with limited disease and no CBD invasion on imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1686-1694
Number of pages9
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Event13th Congress of the European-African-Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary-Association (E-AHPBA) - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Jun 20195 Jun 2019



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