Postoperative hepatic malfunction subsequent to insufficiency of hepatic remnant is a complex and dire problem in patients subjected to large hepatic resections. The associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS), is a novel approach for oncology patients whose hepatic tumors were previously considered non-resectable. The technique is performed in two phases. The first one comprises the ligation of the right portal vein branch. Subsequently, a parenchymal transection is performed, including or not, the middle hepatic vein. A plastic bag is employed to cover the tumoral liver, and the abdomen is closed. The second one is performed at 7 to 15 days interval. After laparotomy, the plastic bag is removed. The right artery, bile duct and hepatic vein are sectioned and the tumoral liver is removed. Drain was placed at the resection surface, and the abdomen is closed. ALPPS can enable curative resection of hepatic metastasis in patients with tumors previously considered non-resectable. The aim of this manuscript was to describe the indications and technical aspects of ALPPS in relation to the first case carried out in our city, in a 47-year-old woman with advanced gallbladder cancer with bilobar metastases.
KEY WORDS: "Liver Neoplasms"[Mesh]; "Liver Neoplasms/surgery"[Mesh]; "Neoplasm Metastasis"[Mesh]; "Neoplasm Metastasis/surgery"[Mesh]; "Hepatectomy"[Mesh]; "Gallbladder Neoplasms"[Mesh]) AND "Gallbladder Neoplasms/surgery"[Mesh]; "Liver Failure, Acute"[Mesh]; "Liver Regeneration"[Mesh]; ALPPS; non-colorectal liver metastases;.