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Aberrant Left Hepatic Artery Arising from Left Gastric Artery at Curative Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer
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Aberrant Left Hepatic Artery Arising from Left Gastric Artery at Curative Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer
An, Chansik; Lim, Joon-Seok;
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 Abstract
An aberrant left hepatic artery is one of the most common variants of hepatic arteries, and its prevalence has been reported 6.5-30%. During D2 lymph node dissection for gastric cancer, an aberrant left hepatic artery arising from left gastric artery is ligated which may lead to hepatic damage. In this case report, a 66-year-old male patient underwent total gastrectomy with D2 lymph node dissection during which the aberrant left hepatic artery was ligated. Post-operative liver function tests revealed elevated liver enzymes, and ischemic changes in the left lateral hepatic section was seen on the CT scan. On retrospective review of preoperative CT images, a replaced left hepatic artery from left gastric artery could have been identified. The information on the presence of aberrant LHA and its supplying area is clinically important when planning curative gastrectomy for gastric cancer, because extended lymph node dissection requires division of the left gastric artery and this may lead to severe liver damage. By using preoperative CT scan, detection of aberrant left hepatic artery could be done.
 Keywords
Stomach cancer;CT;Aberrant left hepatic artery;
 Language
English
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